New round of fast-food worker protests causes arrests in KC

Fast-food workers in Kansas City have joined workers in cities including Detroit, Los Angeles and Chicago (above) calling for higher wages and the right to unionize. | Courtesy of Steve Rhodes/Flickr
Fast-food workers in Kansas City have joined workers in cities including Detroit, Los Angeles and Chicago (above) calling for higher wages and the right to unionize. | Courtesy of Steve Rhodes/Flickr

Hundreds of workers, union members, clergy and others sang and chanted as 52 fast-food workers were arrested by police during a protest in Kansas City.

The workers staged a demonstration in front of a McDonald’s restaurant as part of a national push by fast-food workers for a $15 minimum wage and the right to unionize.

Thursday’s gathering marked the sixth in a series of large fast-food wage protests in Kansas City in the last 18 months, but the arrests were a first for the city. About 500 arrests were reported at 150 events nationwide as workers demonstrated in cities including Detroit, Chicago and New York.

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