U.S. Fast-Food Workers Mark Tax Day Demanding Higher Wages

Protesters sit in front of a McDonald's restaurant on 42nd Street in New York's Times Square as police officers move in to begin making arrests, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. The protesters are seeking to get pay increases to $15 per hour. Thursday's demonstration is part of a day of planned protests in 150 cities across the country by workers from fast-food chains. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Protesters sit in front of a McDonald’s restaurant on 42nd Street in New York’s Times Square as police officers move in to begin making arrests, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)


(Reuters) – Fast-food workers rallied in New York on Wednesday to demand higher pay, using the April 15 deadline for filing U.S. tax returns to publicize their claim that they cannot survive on the hourly wages paid by many U.S. corporations.

The protests demanding pay increases to $15 an hour kicked off at dawn outside a McDonald’s Corp restaurant in New York with several hundred demonstrators.

Marching behind a banner reading “Raise wages, Raise the city,” protesters carried placards that read “Fight for $15 on 4/15.”

Plans called for rallies to be held in 230 cities across the United States. In New York, a march was planned to Times Square during the evening rush hour, organizers said.


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