Over 20 people arrested during 'Fight for $15' demonstration outside Milwaukee McDonald's
MILWAUKEE (AP/ CBS 58) — About 100 demonstrators pushing for a $15 an hour minimum wage prompted a McDonald's restaurant in Milwaukee to close as they congregated outside the fast food restaurant.
Police made about 15 arrests as the protest moved onto a busy street and blocked traffic on the city's north side near 9th and North. The protesters were told to leave the road or be arrested. Police tell CBS 58 about 23 were arrested. One was arrested for disorderly conduct.
The demonstration is part of the "Fight for $15," a national movement seeking to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour for fast food, child care, airlines and other workers. The group also wants the right to start unions or join existing ones.
A demonstration was planned in Chicago Thursday and in Miami where higher education workers are expected to join fast-food workers in a protest in Miami. A U.S. House candidate was among those arrested Tuesday at a similar demonstration in Detroit.