Workers protest in Kansas City for higher minimum wage


Workers protest in Kansas City for higher minimum wage

"Their courage, bold vision, solidarity across race and gender, and vision for economic fairness have transformed what is possible for low-wage workers", writes New York City council member Brad Lander in the Nation.

NY police told CNNMoney that 26 protesters were arrested Tuesday for disorderly conduct.

The Fight for $15 movement is credited with pushing lawmakers into adopting higher minimums.

The state's lowest-paid workers plan to rally at the State House Tuesday for a higher minimum wage. They were among about 350 people at the rally. The protesters did not choose to comply.

"Fifteen dollars is just a number", he said. In many cities the protesters blocked busy intersections. The labor clash at O'Hare has been brewing for years between the Service Employees International Union, which is supporting Fight for $15 nationally, and Chicago's mayor, Rahm Emmanuel.

Fast-food restaurant workers and home and child-care workers rallied in cities including Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and NY.

In a statement, MA organizers said, "In addition to the strikes, workers today are waging their most disruptive protests yet to show they will not back down in the face of newly-elected politicians and newly-empowered corporate special interests who threaten an extremist agenda to move the country to the right".

Organizers announced Monday their four-year national campaign for wage increases, workers' rights and health care insurance will include strikes at fast food restaurants and 20 airports serving 2 million passengers and mass civil disobedience in front of fast food restaurants. But it's an important reminder that organizing works-and we're going to need to cling to that thought and dig in if we're going to have a chance at moving any direction but backward.

The Kansas City Star ( ) reports that dozens marched around a McDonald's restaurant shortly before 6 a.m. Tuesday before heading to a Burger King restaurant. Across the country, fast-food, airport, home-care and child-care workers, as well as adjunct professors, graduate assistants, Uber drivers and their supporters, will call for a wage hike.

Hopes of an increase in the $7.25-per-hour federal minimum wage were dashed earlier in November by the election of a Republican-controlled Congress, but advocates say they will continue to press for increases at state and local levels.



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