Fight for $15 protestors arrested

Police arrested some of the workers participating in the nationwide protests for higher pay, union rights and immigration reform. Fred Katayama reports.

(Reuters) – Workers descending on select McDonald’s restaurants and airports nationwide, and some Uber drivers are expected to join. They’re staging sit-ins like this one in New York City to protest for higher pay. Some were arrested. Their so-called “Fight for $15” movement is demanding a hike in the minimum wage to $15 an hour — double the federal minimum now. It marks the first major action since Donald Trump was elected president earlier this month.

Trump, a billionaire businessman, says he backs a hike in the minimum wage.

Los Angeles correspondent Lisa Baertlein is covering this story at Reuters.


“Trump has gone back and forth on what he’s said about raising the minimum wage. About a year ago, he said wages in the U.S. were too high and made the U.S. uncompetitive. Since then, he’s sort of rolled back and said that the decision of whether to raise wages should be up to the states.”

The head of the New York affiliate of the Service Employees International Union, which is backing the protests, said it wants to hold Trump accountable for his promises.

McDonald’s said in a statement it invests in its workers by providing on-the-job training and helping them earn degrees. It had hiked pay at company-run stores to nearly $10 an hour last summer, but only a fraction of workers got that since franchisees run most of the stores.