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Striking fast-food workers block Chicago street

Carmalita Johnson drums as protesters participate in a rally outside a McDonaldís on Chicago's south side as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize the industry's workers Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. Hundreds of workers from McDonald's, Taco Bell, Wendy's and other fast-food chains are expected to walk off their jobs Thursday, according to labor organizers of the latest national protest to push the companies to pay their employees at least $15 an hour.  (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Carmalita Johnson drums as protesters participate in a rally outside a McDonaldís on Chicago's south side as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize the industry's workers Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. Hundreds of workers from McDonald's, Taco Bell, Wendy's and other fast-food chains are expected to walk off their jobs Thursday, according to labor organizers of the latest national protest to push the companies to pay their employees at least $15 an hour. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

CHICAGO – Several hundred fast-food workers demanding their pay be increased to $15 an hour are blocking traffic on a busy Chicago street.

About two dozen of them are sitting in a line and linking arms in the South Side street between a McDonald's and a Burger King and chanting, "We shall not be moved."

Police are diverting traffic but so far are not attempting to clear the demonstrators off the street.

Similar protests are planned in other cities across the country Thursday.

In Chicago, protesters arrived on buses, carrying signs with slogans such as "Strike $15" in both English and Spanish.

They waved to passing motorists, many of whom honked in support.

Many fast-food workers do not make much more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

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