Some 150 workers in fast food, child care and other low-wage industries took over westbound East University Avenue during the lunch hour. Bearing signs and yelling, “We work. We sweat. Put 15 on our checks,” marchers flushed-out the drive-thru lane of a McDonald’s.
A Des Moines police car arrived at McDonald’s after the group made its third circle around the restaurant, flashing its lights and sirens. It trailed the group, which completed its rotation then moved onto the sidewalk. No arrests were made, according to group leaders.
The movement’s noon demonstration was the second of three Thursday. The group also plans to picket outside the Iowa Events Center, where Republican presidential candidates will take the debate stage once more before the Iowa caucuses on Monday