Rally for $15 minimum wage delays traffic in Berkeley

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Local workers and activists mobilized for a rally Wednesday afternoon, disrupting traffic flow as they marched throughout Berkeley as part of a movement of protests to demand pay of $15 per hour.

The Fight for 15 rally — scheduled April 15 to coincide with tax day and for its similarity with the phrase “for 15” — intends to bring light to how low-wage workers must rely on public assistance. Protests also took place in Los Angeles, New York and other places across the nation.

According to a Nixle alert sent at 5:52 p.m., the intersection of Shattuck and University avenues was closed due to the protest. As of about 6:30 p.m., the intersection opened.

A campuswide advisory email was also sent out earlier Wednesday afternoon by the vice chancellor for administration and finance, John Wilton, regarding possible traffic delays at Bancroft Way and Telegraph Avenue and at Shattuck and University avenues.

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