Standing in the shadow of the large McDonald's at the intersection, some in the crowd of nearly 150 chanted: "Arrest the 1 Percent!"
At that moment, the fast-food worker movement - which began two years ago in New York and recently established a beachhead here - took a big step forward, yet also showed how much further it needs to go in its campaign for a $15-an-hour industry minimum wage and the right to form a union.
Glenn said the 11 arrested would be charged with the summary offense of blocking a public roadway and would likely be released, upon producing ID, with a ticket to appear later in court.
The dozens of workers who staged the one-day walkout from their jobs at McDonald's, Burger King, Popeyes, Dunkin' Donuts and elsewhere to march down North Broad Street was the biggest show of force yet for a movement that staged its first protest here only about four months ago.
The turnout was also just a small fraction of the city's estimated 15,000 restaurant workers, many of whom toil at fast-food outlets at or not much above the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.
Speakers and participants in the job action insisted that - in a post-industrial economy where fast-food work has evolved from an after-school starter job for teens to the sole source of support for many families - they can't live on their low wages and irregular hours.
Restaurant-industry officials countered with proclamations that overall worker satisfaction is high and that working behind the counter or at the grill can still be a step toward the American dream.
"Restaurants continue to be a critical employer that trains America's workforce and provides a pathway towards upward mobility and success," the National Restaurant Association said in a statement emailed to the Daily News and other media outlets.
That failed to mollify fast-food workers who staged a day of marches and protests in 150 cities from New York to Seattle yesterday, resulting in scores of arrests in what organizers had promised would be a major escalation of their budding labor movement.
Here and elsewhere, the food-industry workers were joined by health-care aides also crusading for the $15 minimum wage.
Angela Owens, 33, a college-educated mother of three from North Philadelphia, fired up the crowd with an impassioned rant about needing food stamps to supplement her $11.95-an-hour salary at Liberty Home Choices.
"I'm tired of making this wage - I can't support my children," she said afterward. "I live across the street from drug dealers."
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