Fast-food workers arrested in protest

Emmanuel Dawson protests for higher pay Thursday outside a McDonald?s restaurant in Detroit. Organizers said there were strikes and protests in 150 U.S. cities and 33 countries. The Associated PressFast-food workers in 150 U.S. cities kicked off protests for a $15-per-hour wage that included a sit-down in New York’s Times Square, where 19 demonstrators were arrested on Thursday, police said.

About 400 demonstrators hoisting placards that read “Stick together for $15 and union rights” occupied Times Square during the morning rush hour. Some protesters sat down in the street, prompting the arrests for disorderly conduct, said a spokeswoman for the New York City Police Department.

Organizers expected the biggest protests to date, with fast-food workers from McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s [WEN.O] and KFC expected to walk off the job in 150 cities, including Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles and Cleveland. They will be joined by unionized home-care workers.

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