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Wisconsin Congresswoman Gwen Moore ticketed after arrest at fast food protest

U.S. Representative Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee) (Photo By U.S. Congress (http://gwenmoore.house.gov/official-portrait/) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons).
U.S. Representative Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee) (Photo By U.S. Congress (http://gwenmoore.house.gov/official-portrait/) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons).

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - U.S. House Democrat Gwen Moore of Milwaukee was given a $691 ticket during a protest Thursday demanding higher wages for fast food workers.

West Milwaukee Police said 26 restaurant employees were also arrested, after they sat in the northbound lane of Miller Park Way in front of a McDonald's -- and they refused to get up.

Officers were called just after 12:15 p.m. By 3 p.m., Moore and the other protestors were booked and released.

Moore has been involved previously in the protests, part of a national effort to pay fast food workers $15 an hour and let them unionize without retaliation. Moore said she agreed to be arrested in her words, "to elevate this issue and raise consciousness."

At a similar protest in Madison, Assembly Democrat Melissa Sargent reiterated that many fast food workers get public assistance. In Wausau, about 30 people went to 3 restaurants to be part of what's known as the "Fight for 15."

Organizer Melissa Engels-Lewis of Wisconsin Jobs Now was asked if any of the employees considered training for higher paying tech jobs. She replied several people she works with have college degrees and can't get decent work.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)