Scores of demonstrators were arrested on Tuesday as U.S. fast-food and airport workers led nationwide protests for higher pay and union rights in their first major action since Donald Trump was elected president.
Rallies organized by the union-backed "Fight for $15" group targeted McDonald's restaurants in several major cities.
Baggage handlers and janitors at Chicago's O'Hare and Boston's Logan airports also demonstrated in support of starting pay of $15 per hour. Airport officials said travel was not disrupted.
More than 200 protesters gathered before dawn at Zuccotti Park in New York City's Financial District, banging drums and chanting slogans. About a dozen protesters were arrested after blocking rush-hour traffic near a McDonald's restaurant.
"When we started demanding $15 ... people thought we were crazy, but we were just demanding the basic minimum to survive," said protester Alvin Major, 50, a Guyanese immigrant who lives in Brooklyn and works at a KFC restaurant.
"Right now I can barely pay my bills," said Major, who has four children and a sick wife.