A massive campaign for a $15 an hour minimum wage for fast food and other low-wage workers is mounting protests across the country today. The Fight for $15 protests in New York got under way with a 6:15 a.m. gathering in Brooklyn near Barclay's Center. Approximately 15,000 people, including workers from McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, KFC, and Dunkin' Donuts are expected to march from Columbus Circle to Times Square at 5:30 p.m., reports the AP. There are other protests planned around the city (and in some 200 cities around the country) throughout the day.
Here's a glimpse at some of the protests in NYC:
Workers are also fighting for the right to unionize without retaliation from their employers.
McDonald's recently announced that it would raise the wage of 90,000 of its workers by one dollar an hour, but critics say that isn't enough and will only reach a fraction of the company's 1.9 million employees. Meanwhile, tipped restaurant workers in New York are slated to get a 50 percent raise by the end of the year, but a number of restaurateurs have expressed concern about being able to pay the new wages and keep on their full staff.