$15 minimum wage fight comes to McDonald's on Dort Highway

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FLINT (WJRT) (8/9/2018) - Dozens of protesters swarmed the McDonald's on Dort Highway in Flint, demanding better pay and work conditions for employees.

Dozens of protesters swarmed the McDonald's on Dort Highway in Flint on Thursday seeking a $15 minimum wage, among other things.

The protest started inside the restaurant around noon and blocked employees from taking orders for a while. The Flint Police Department responded and forced the protesters outside.

The event was part of a nationwide movement known as Fight For 15. Over the last few years, protests like these have popped up in hundreds of cities across the U.S.

Organizers want a $15 minimum wage and union rights. They say fast food companies are keeping their workers in poverty and failing to treat them fairly.

"These poor souls in the fast food industry can't afford to pay-- and it's not enough money and they need to come to the table to make changes," said the Rev. W.J. Rideout III, who organized the local protest.

Organizers said they're planning more protests in the Flint area in the coming weeks.