- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Demonstrators supporting janitors pushing for higher pay in the Twin Cities snarled the morning rush hour as they blocked streets in downtown Minneapolis.

Traffic heading into the downtown area was at a standstill at one point. The State Patrol shut down some major entry points for a half hour, causing backups that stretched up to three miles. The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1SUkA2y ) says highway traffic returned to normal around 9 a.m., and downtown traffic soon after that.

Thousands of unionized janitors staged a one-day strike Wednesday for higher pay and more sick days. But Thursday morning’s protest was organized by a different group that also advocates for nonunion janitors, and it started with a rally on the Nicollet Mall.

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Information from: Star Tribune, https://www.startribune.com


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