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Dozens in U.S. arrested in 'Fight for $15' protest

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>> The fight for 15 protest took fast food chains in nearly 20 airports across the US with dozens arrested Tuesday. It's the first major protest demanding higher pay, union rights, and immigration reform since Donald Trump won the Presidential election. McDonald's restaurants across the nation were prime rally targets, but workers, who are part of the so called gig economy, are also joining in.
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>> I'm Reuters Jane Lanhee Lee at the San Francisco International Airport, and Uber drivers have come out to join the Fight for 15 protests, it's their first time to join. Uber drivers have sued the company in several states accusing it of depriving drivers of various employment protections by classifying them as independent contractors.
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More than 200 protesters gathered before dawn at Zucotti Park in New York's financial district, the site of Occupy Wall Street in 2011. About a dozen were arrested after they blocked morning rush hour traffic. While some states have been raising the minimum wage, and New York and California are on track to get it to 15 over several years, the federal minimum is still at $7.25, and hopes of an increase dashed with the election of a Republican controlled Congress.
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Advocates say they'll press for increases at the state and local levels. As for Trump, who's won on the backs of working class America, he initially said last year US workers wages were too high, making the US uncompetitive. But this year has said the minimum wage should rise, with states taking the lead.