Hundreds protest in Central Square for $15 minimum wage

CAMBRIDGE (WHDH) - Hundreds of workers protested at Central Square in Cambridge Tuesday morning to demand a $15 minimum wage.

A statement from “Raise up MA,” a Massachusetts-based campaign to raise economic standard of living for families in the state, said dozens of workers were arrested at the protest.

The Cambridge Police tweeted at 7:30 a.m. that the demonstration had ended with “34 pre-planned arrests,” suggesting the protesters were purposefully performing an act of civil disobedience.

The group’s statement said they will rally at the East Boston Memorial Park at noon, and move to the State House at 2 p.m.

Those participating are fighting for a $15 minimum wage and some, such as Logan Airport employees, are also protesting for the right to form a union.

Protesters worked for a variety of employers, including McDonald’s and fast-food establishments, Logan Airport, home care services and other minimum-wage jobs.

The Boston-area protests are happening alongside a day of nationwide rallies, including strikes by airport workers in Chicago, hospital and fast-food workers in Pittsburgh, and Uber drivers in several cities.

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