Arrests Made as Thousands of Fast Food Workers Strike in U.S. Cities
Fast food workers walked off their jobs in cities across the U.S. Thursday during the latest national protest calling for higher wages.
Protesters demanding higher wages and unionization for fast food workers march near Times Square on Sept. 4, 2014 in New York City. Protests were planned in more than 100 cities throughout the U.S. on Thursday, as workers demanded higher wages.
Chicago police place Tyree Johnson in handcuffs as they remove protesters from the middle of 87th street between a McDonald’s and a Burger King on Chicago's south side. Johnson, who has worked at McDonald's for 22 years and makes $8.45 per hour, was willing to be arrested as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize the fast food industry's workers.
Protesters gather inside a Taco Bell restaurant in Kansas City, Mo., as part of the "Fight for $15" campaign, a national protest to push fast-food chains to pay their employees at least $15 an hour. The movement, 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.
Protesters block traffic near Times Square in New York City.
Carmalita Johnson drums as protesters participate in a rally outside a McDonald’s on Chicago's south side.
Police handcuff protesters blocking traffic on Mack Avenue in Detroit.
Protesters march on a McDonald's restaurant in Detroit.
Protesters march outside a Taco Bell restaurant in Kansas City, Mo.
Police officers arrest a protester in front of a McDonald's restaurant in New York's Times Square.
Protesters participate in a display of civil disobedience in the middle of 87th street between a McDonald’s and a Burger King on Chicago's south side.