Photos: Three Arrests in Fast-Food Worker Protests for Higher Wages, Union Rights

A protester blocks traffic prior to his arrest, as seen in an image supplied by event organizers. Details and additional photos below.
A protester blocks traffic prior to his arrest, as seen in an image supplied by event organizers. Details and additional photos below.

Yesterday, a protest by fast-food workers in Denver -- part of a nationwide campaign demanding higher wages and union rights -- led to three arrests but plenty of publicity for a cause that seems to be gaining momentum even as it generates controversy. Continue for more pics and details about the issues at the heart of the event.

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Organizers provided us with numerous photos of the event, which took place beginning at 11:30 a.m. yesterday near a McDonald's at 505 East Colfax. Among the pics is this one:

Photos: Three Arrests in Fast-Food Worker Protests for Higher Wages, Union Rights

Media organizations were also on the scene in large numbers, include Dave Young of Fox31/CW2, who tweeted images of the man above being led away by authorities after blocking traffic on Colfax. Here's his three-tweet series:

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If these messages suggest a certain level of sympathy for the protesters' cause, the report that aired on Fox31 last night mostly doesn't. The piece is dominated by interviews and factoids that portray the $15 starting salary being targeted by organizers as unrealistic, unlikely and a potential burden on consumers.

Another photo from the scene supplied by protest organizers.
Another photo from the scene supplied by protest organizers.

A release on behalf of StrikeFastFood.org attempts to counter this take. Here's an excerpt:

A campaign that started in New York City in November 2012, with 200 fast-food workers walking off their jobs demanding $15 and the right to form a union without retaliation, has since spread to more than 150 cities in every region of the country, including the South. The growing fight for $15 has been credited with elevating the debate around inequality in the U.S. MSNBC's Chris Hayes said that it has "entirely changed the politics of the country." Since the campaign launched, nearly 7 million low-wage workers have seen their wages rise. What seemed like a far-fetched goal -- $15 an hour -- is now a reality in Seattle, where Bloomberg News said the city adopted "the rallying cry of fast-food workers." As it spreads, the movement is challenging fast-food companies' outdated notion that their workers are teenagers looking for pocket change. Today's workers are mothers and fathers struggling to raise children on wages that are too low. And they're showing the industry that if it doesn't raise pay, it will continue to be at the center of the national debate on what's wrong with our economy.

A protest-organizer supplied photo.
A protest-organizer supplied photo.

For more information about related protests across the country, click here.

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