LAS VEGAS - Fast food workers across the country walked off the job Thursday morning. Employees in more than 150 cities, including Las Vegas, are demanding higher wages and the right to unionize.
Las Vegas workers marched from the Linq to a McDonald's restaurant near Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road. The protest drew workers from other restaurants, including: Wendy's, Burger King, KFC and Taco Bell. Metro Police detained at least five people during the protest for blocking traffic.
This is the fourth such strike in Nevada in recent months, but it's the first since more than 1,300 fast food workers in Chicago authorized a resolution calling for civil disobedience to pressure restaurant chains.
The Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN) is spearheading the Las Vegas protest. PLAN spokesperson Laura Martin says fast food restaurant employees should be allowed to unionize and earn more than minimum wage.