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Arrests during fast food worker protests

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Fast food restaurant workers protest in Times Square calling for higher wages and the right to form a union. (Sept. 4/MyFoxNY) Fast food restaurant workers protest in Times Square calling for higher wages and the right to form a union. (Sept. 4/MyFoxNY)
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Hundreds of workers from McDonald's, Taco Bell, Wendy's and other fast-food chains walked off their jobs Thursday in New York City. Labor organizers announced the protests would take place as part of the latest national push to get these companies to pay their employees at least $15 an hour.

Organizers warned they planned to engage in civil disobedience and the protesters followed through.

By 8:30 a.m. nearly two dozen protesters had been arrested outside a McDonald's in Times Square.  They were facing disorderly conduct charges for blocking traffic.

Home-care workers were expected to join the protests taking place in 150 cities nationwide.

The "Fight for $15" campaign, which is backed financially by the Service Employees International Union and others, has gained national attention at a time when the wage gap between the poor and the rich has become a hot political issue.

The campaign started in New York City in November 2012, with 200 fast-food workers walking off their jobs demanding $15 and the right to form a union without retaliation.


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