Workers nationwide 'fight for 15,' minimum wage increase

Service industry employees staged nationwide protests Tuesday urging lawmakers to push for a $15 minimum wage.

In New York, 26 people were arrested for blocking traffic during the protest, although the demonstration remained largely peaceful.

At Chicago's O'Hare Airport, hundreds of employees walked off the job to take part in the campaign, which is sponsored by the Services Employees International Union.

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, although some states offer wages as high at $10.50 per hour.

The protests extended to Arlington, Virginia, just outside of Washington D.C.

"We're here to fight for a better future," Nelson Robinson, of Suitland, Maryland, said. "I'm a father of two. I work hard. I want better things."

According to The Washington Informer, Robinson works as a driver and coordinator for LSG Sky Chefs and makes $13 an hour.

At least 18 cities participated in the so-called "Day of Disruption."

The issue of raising the minimum nationally took center stage during the presidential debates. President-elect Donald Trump said the issue of raising the wage should be decided by the states.

In Newark, New Jersey, service employees staged a sit-in.

In Los Angeles, protesters -- surrounded by officers in riot gear -- sat in the middle of an intersection outside of a McDonald's.

This story will be updated.

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