Chicago fast food workers and their supporters took to the street early this morning to continue their fight for a $15 hourly wage and union representation. The first of today's two actions took place in the Chatham neighborhood near the McDonald's at 87th St. and Wabash. Chicago Alds. Roderick Sawyer (6th) and Ricardo Munoz (22nd) were in attendance, speaking at a press conference that kickstarted the protest.
"I believe that it is unconscionable that someone has to work 40 plus hours a week and still be considered living in poverty," Sawyer said. "I think it's just wrong for someone to work all these hours and all these years ... and yet not be able to afford the food where they work. It makes no sense."
As previously reported, the protest included actions of civil disobedience, with demonstrators sitting on 87th St. and refusing to move. The sit-in led to 19 people being detained, according to Chicago police news affairs. There were no arrests, according to Chicago Police Department Officer Anna Pacheco, but those who were detained were taken to the 6th District station at 7808 S. Halsted.
A second round of protests is set to take place at 12:30 p.m. at 2827 S. Cicero. Follow the action live with us on Twitter @ProgressIL and check back with Progress Illinois later this afternoon for a full report on today's fast food workers' strike.