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Striking fast-food workers block Chicago street

Protesters demonstrate at a rally outside a Burger King on Chicago's south side as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize the industry's workers, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Protesters demonstrate at a rally outside a Burger King on Chicago's south side as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize the industry's workers, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

CHICAGO (AP) — Several hundred fast-food workers demanding their pay be increased to $15 an hour have blocked traffic on a busy Chicago street.

Some of them sat in a row and linked arms in the South Side street between a McDonald's and a Burger King and chanted, "We shall not be moved."

After about 20 minutes, police moved in and handcuffed around a dozen people who refused to disperse. Some of them waved as they were led away, drawing cheers from the other protesters.

Similar protests were planned in other cities across the country Thursday.

In Chicago, protesters arrived on buses, carrying signs with slogans such as "Strike $15" in both English and Spanish.

Many fast-food workers do not make much more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

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