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.