Clever rhyming chants, raucous marches, scratchy megaphones. A finger-wagging from a police officer after protesters briefly entered the McDonald’s restaurant on Liberty Avenue, Downtown. The wave of strikes and rallies that spread throughout Pittsburgh on Thursday sure looked and sounded familiar.
In recent years, Pittsburgh has hosted numerous rallies and protests over wage issues.
But there was an added ingredient to the demonstrations Thursday, which organizers said were coordinated in 300 cities worldwide to highlight the struggle of low-wage workers in the service industry: momentum.
The rallies come two weeks after UPMC health system, the region’s largest employer, agreed to boost entry-level pay to $15 an hour.