Police cite some Indy minimum wage protesters

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — McDonald’s workers in Indianapolis were given citations by police while taking part in a 150-city strike.

They’re fighting for their wage to be increased to $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation.

Workers gathered in front of the McDonald’s, located at 3745 North Post Road, on Indianapolis’ east side. More than 30 police officers were also there.

Protesters say they planned to stage a brief sit in, stop traffic and then get arrested. Shortly before 11 a.m., a handful of protesters were led away but were not arrested. They were given citations by police.

” I want better wages because right now we are under paid,” said Protester Andrea Leach.

McDonald’s USA issued a statement:

At McDonald’s we respect everyone’s rights to peacefully protest.  The topic of minimum wage goes well beyond McDonald’s- it affects our country’s entire workforce. McDonald’s and our independent franchisees support paying our valued employees fair wages aligned with a competitive marketplace. We believe that any minimum wage increase should be implemented over time so that the impact on owners of small and medium-sized businesses – like the ones who own and operate the majority of our restaurants – is manageable.  Additionally, we believe that any increase needs to be considered in a broad context, one that considers, for example, the impact of the Affordable Care Act and its definition of “full time” employment, as well as the treatment, from a tax perspective, of investments made by businesses owners.

According to McDonalds, it’s important to know approximately 90% of it’s U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by franchisees who set wages according to job level and local and federal laws. McDonald’s does not determine wages set by our more than 3,000 U.S. franchisees.

Similar protests were planned in cities around the country. The movement has been called Fight for 15.

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