DETROIT, MI – Dozens of protestors have been blocking Mack Avenue on Detroit’s east side demanding $15 per hour in wages. Police are handcuffing and arresting people who are blocking the streets not allowing traffic to flow through. 20-25 people have been taken into custody.
Other places of protest are planned in the City of Detroit.
An increase in Michigan’s minimum wage went into effect on Monday September 1st, 2014, from $7.40 an hour to $8.15. It will cap at $9.25 in 2018.
Hundreds of US fast food workers from MacDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and KFC are planning a big protest on Thursday in an effort to boost the minimum wage to $15 per hour. The rally will include acts of civil disobedience.
The hashtag #FightFor15 has already gone viral on Twitter with many internet users pledging support for the protest.
The organizers said the rallies are planned to be held in more than 100 cities across the country. This time workers will be peacefully engaged in acts of civil disobedience.