The workers are employed by private contractors and strike organizers say many work for minimum wage.
On Tuesday morning security, janitor, homecare, and child care workers were joined by community leaders to stand with fast-food workers on a 6 a.m. strike line at a Hartford McDonald's.
"When we started demanding $15. people thought we were insane, but we were just demanding the basic minimum to survive", said protestor Alvin Major, 50, a Guyanese immigrant who lives in Brooklyn and works at a KFC restaurant.
The group was part of the Fight for 15 movement. Uber drivers, baggage handlers and cabin cleaners at Chicago's O'Hare Airport, plus hospital workers in Pittsburgh. "Seven twenty-five has got to go", they chanted, referencing Wisconsin's current minimum wage, put into effect in 2009.
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Organizers said they wanted president-elect Donald Trump, the Republican-led legislatures in Washington, D.C., and state capitals, and state governors to know that "64 million Americans paid less than $15 an hour are not backing off their demand for $15 an hour and union rights". The organization says higher pay would raise consumer prices and reduce employment for the least-skilled workers. The list of cities set for the nationwide protest, which the group sent International Business Times in an email, included areas as small as Homestead, Pennsylvania, which has a population of just over 3,000, and as large as New York City, which is more than 8.4 million-strong.
Last spring, local Fight for 15 protestors took their protest inside a McDonald's on Union Avenue. The federal minimum of $7.25 is effective in 21 states.
They were among about 350 people at a peaceful rally on Broadway Tuesday. "We invest in opportunities for McDonald's employees to finish high school, earn a college degree and develop the valuable skills necessary to build successful careers even beyond our restaurants".