8 protesting fast food wages arrested on east side

Protesters asking for minimum-wage increase charged with obstructing traffic
8 protesting fast food wages arrested on east side

Several dozen protesters demonstrated outside a McDonald’s on East Washington Avenue Thursday, calling for an increase in the minimum wage to $15.

Eight of the protesters participated in acts of what is being termed civil disobedience and were arrested by Madison police officers.

The organizers of the protest had contacted Madison police in advance to notify them of their plans. Those arrested were charged with obstructing traffic.

The protesters said the current $7.25 minimum wage in Wisconsin doesn’t allow them to live above the poverty level.

“It is a step in the right direction. If you think about what we’re making right now, it is not cutting it, it is not cutting it at all,” protester Motise Reynolds said. “This $15 would give us a bigger hand with what we need.”

The eight people arrested Thursday were immediately released once they were processed by police.