More than 200 protesters held a pre-dawn rally Tuesday near a McDonald's restaurant in New York City's Zuccotti Park, part of a planned nationwide protest for higher pay and their first since businessman Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
NATURAL ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: Workers from fast-food chains and nearly 20 airports joined nationwide protests for higher pay, union rights and immigration reform on Tuesday in their first major action since businessman Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election. McDonald's Corp restaurants in 340 cities are prime rally targets, while baggage handlers and cabin cleaners at Chicago's O'Hare and Boston's Logan international airports were to demonstrate in support of workers demanding starting pay of $15 per hour, organizers of the "Fight for $15" campaign said. More than 200 protesters held a pre-dawn rally in New York City's Zuccotti Park, about half a block from a McDonald's restaurant, where they banged on drums and chanted slogans calling for a minimum wage of $15 an hour. Home health and child care providers, and some drivers for ride service Uber Technologies Inc planned to join the action, which is backed by the Service Employees International Union. Last year Trump said U.S. workers' wages were "too high" and made the nation uncompetitive, but this year, he has said the minimum wage should rise, with states taking the lead. Hopes of an increase in the $7.25-per-hour federal minimum wage were dashed earlier in November by the election of a Republican-controlled Congress, but advocates say they will continue to press for increases at state and local levels.