40 arrested as Los Angeles protesters call for $15 minimum wage

Fast-food workers protest in front of a McDonald's as part of the
Fast-food workers protest in front of a McDonald's as part of the "Fight for $15" protests, rallying for a $15 per hour minimum wage.
Fast-food workers protest in front of a McDonald's as part of the
Photo of protestors along the intersection of 7th and Alameda streets in downtown Los Angeles.
LAPD via Twitter

Protestors demonstrated at Los Angeles International Airport and downtown Los Angeles Tuesday as part of nationwide "Fight for 15" protests asking for higher wages and workers' rights. 

LAX shared shortly after 11:30 a.m. that protests had started at the airport. Two groups were on the upper level of the airport — one on the south side and one on the north side — marching toward Tom Bradley International Terminal.



About 600 people, including some airport workers, were estimated to have marched in and around the airport, but the protests didn't disrupt operations, according to the Associated Press.

No arrests were made and the demonstrations ended peacefully, AP reports.

Earlier Tuesday, however, a few dozen protesters blocked a downtown Los Angeles intersection, and officers eventually arrested 40 people for failing to comply with police orders, according to the LAPD.

Police initially stood by as the peaceful demonstrators formed a circle in the street while hoisting signs saying "the whole world is watching" and "Fight for $15." After the arrests, streets in the 7th & Alameda area were reopened, according to the LAPD.

Fast-food, home-care, child-care and other workers are expected to rally in cities across California.

Lawmakers here already approved a statewide $15-an-hour minimum wage, though it doesn't go into full effect until 2022.

Organizers, including the Service Employees International Union, say the demonstrations are in response to the recent election of politicians "who threaten an extremist agenda to move the country to the right."

In San Francisco, Uber drivers plan to gather at that city's airport with signs reading "Your Uber driver is striking."

— AP with KPCC staff

This story has been updated.