'Fight for $15: Day of Disruption' protests swarm downtown, LAX

- Fast-food, home-care, child-care and other workers were taking part today in a series of protests, which could cause some traffic disruptions, as part of a national "Fight for $15'' wave of demonstrations in support of higher wages and workers' rights.

Organizers, including the Service Employees International Union, said the demonstrations are being held in response to the recent election of politicians "who threaten an extremist agenda to move the country to the
right.''

The protests "will underscore that any efforts to block wage increases, gut workers' rights or health care, deport immigrants or support racism or racist policies will be met with unrelenting opposition by workers in the Fight
for $15,'' according to organizers.

The first protest began about 6 a.m. at Seventh and Alameda streets in downtown Los Angeles. Another rally is scheduled for noon at Airport and Century boulevards just east of Los Angeles International Airport.

According to protest organizers, the airport-area action is planned to send a message to airlines "that it's time they take responsibility for those whose dedication and hard work help to generate $36 billion in profits for the
aviation industry.''

LAX officials advised people planning to travel to the airport to give themselves extra time. Flight operations are not expected to be affected by the protests, but anticipated demonstrations in the Central Terminal Area could
cause some intermittent delays or lane closures on the lower/arrivals level.

Airport officials also urged motorists to avoid the area of 98th Street between Sepulveda and Airport boulevards between 9 and 11 a.m. because demonstrators will be arriving on buses in the area. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
Airport Boulevard will be closed between Century and 98th Street.

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