Workers take to the streets of KC to demand a $15 an hour minimum wage

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The "Fight for 15" came to Kansas City on Tuesday, as several hundred workers took to the streets in protest, demanding a higher minimum wage.

FOX 4's Shannon O'Brien hit the streets at 63rd and Paseo and spoke with some of the protesters.

The protesters were on the move, stopping outside fast food restaurants. Many of the protesters work in the fast food industry, and say they can't survive at their current wages. That's why they're demanding the minimum wage be raised to $15 an hour.

Some of the protesters told FOX 4 they are planning to engage in civil acts of disobedience, such as blocking traffic, aware that such acts may get them arrested.

At one point, a man caused a ruckus when he confronted the protesters, telling them to get a better job.

"It ain't about getting more money. It's about finding a better job. If you don't like the situation you're in, you can always change jobs," the man said.

When asked if he was okay with making $8 an hour, he said, "I have to be. That's the only option to me right now."

One woman who said she currently makes $9 an hour said an extra four dollars an hour would be life-changing.

"It would be a dramatic change for me because I'm struggling right now trying to take care of my grandkids. I have eight grandkids. I have three kids. They're all grown, but we're all struggling," she said.

This protest was organized by Stand Up KC, and is part of a nationwide effort to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The Kansas City protesters plan to continue marching later into the night.

Witnesses told FOX 4 that multiple protesters were arrested near Meyer and Troost. FOX 4 will continue to update this story with further developments.

A worker is arrested during the protests Tuesday night.

A worker is arrested during the protests Tuesday night.

Workers are arrested at the protests Tuesday.

Workers are arrested at the protests Tuesday.