November 29, 2016
By Neil Cosgrove
Photos By Neil Cosgrove and Nina Young
Several hundred protestors, including many from the Merton Center, took part in a rally and march for a $15 an hour minimum wage and union rights on November 29, 2016. Following speeches by Giant Eagle and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) employees that described union-busting tactics by their employers, participants marched down Grant Street from the federal building, then right onto Sixth Avenue, left onto Liberty Avenue and ended up at the McDonald’s restaurant at Stanwix Street. Nineteen protestors sat in the intersection between Liberty and Forbes on Stanwix, blocking rush hour traffic as part of the nationwide “Day of Disruption,” and were eventually arrested by Pittsburgh police.