Minneapolis Rally for $15 an Hour Wage Leads to 21 Arrests

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.

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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.


Rebecca Omastiak

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