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LA Workers Rally In Nationwide Protest For $15 Minimum Wage

LOS ANGELES ( — A protest at Los Angeles International Airport concluded peacefully Tuesday, the second of two local demonstrations that were part of a national wave of rallies and marches by fast-food, home-care, child-care and other workers in support of a $15-per-hour wage and worker's rights.

Shortly before noon, two groups of demonstrators gathered on the Upper Level at LAX, with one group on the north side and the other group on the south side, marching toward the Tom Bradley International Terminal, according to an
LAX statement.

Airport officials said neither flight operations nor Central Terminal Area traffic were affected as the protesters observed signal lights and crossed streets in groups.

Several arrests were made earlier Tuesday after protestors rallying for a national $15 minimum wage blocked the intersection of Seventh and Alameda streets in downtown Los Angeles.

Police stood by as the peaceful demonstrators formed a circle in the street while hoisting signs saying "the whole world is watching" and "Fight for $15." Forty people were arrested for blocking the intersection.

Fast-food, home-care, child-care and other workers also rallied in cities including Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Minneapolis and New York. Protestors were also arrested in those cities for blocking intersections.

Organizers, including the Service Employees International Union, said the demonstrations are a response to the recent election of politicians "who threaten an extremist agenda to move the country to the right."

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