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Dozens arrested in minimum wage protests across the US

By on November 29, 2016

CHICAGO — Dozens of people have been arrested as they participated in protests nationwide for a $15 per hour minimum wage.

In this Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, file photo, protestors demonstrate outside a McDonald's restaurant in Oakland, Calif. A federal court on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, blocked implementation of a rule imposed by President Barack Obama's administration that would have made an estimated 4 million more higher-earning workers across the country eligible for overtime pay starting Dec. 1, 2016. The U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas granted the nationwide preliminary injunction that prevents the Department of Labor from implementing the changes while the regulation's legality is examined in more detail by the court. (Ben Margot, File/AP)

In this Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, file photo, protestors demonstrate outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Oakland, Calif. (Ben Margot, File/AP)

Fast-food restaurant workers and home and child-care workers rallied in cities including Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles and New York on Tuesday morning.

More protests were expected later in the day. About 500 workers at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and ride hailing drivers in San Francisco are expected to demonstrate. Thousands plan to walk off the job at McDonald’s restaurants.

The efforts are part of the National Day of Action to Fight for $15.

About 25 of the 350 protesters in New York City have been arrested. Detroit police say they arrested about 40 protesters who blocked traffic. And nearly three dozen protesters have been arrested in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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