November 29, 2016 02:38 PM
Fast food restaurant workers staged a strike in south Minneapolis early Tuesday morning, calling for the minimum wage to be raised.
Police closed a section of Nicollet Avenue at West 24th Street as protesters began to fill the street. A bus was at the scene as the result of arrests. Twenty-one people, including workers who organized with Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL), were arrested.
Employees are seeking a $15 minimum wage and the ability to unionize.
"These wages for fast food workers are too low," Steven Suffridge, a McDonald's employee, said. "They're depriving us of what we really need to make. We can't survive on $9.50 an hour; that doesn't even last us a week."
About 100 cleaners also marched through an Eden Prairie mall to a Kohl's department store Tuesday morning but were locked out. Another event was planned on the University of Minnesota campus.
The efforts are part of a national day of action that has similar demonstrations taking place in 340 cities from coast to coast.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Updated: November 29, 2016 02:38 PM
Created: November 29, 2016 06:38 AM
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