Low-wage workers in Boston to join nationwide protest

People planning to visit fast-food restaurants or shop in downtown Boston Tuesday could encounter picket lines, slower service, and crowds of protesters as the Fight for $15 minimum wage movement stages demonstrations throughout the day.

Joining actions in cities across the country, workers from at least a dozen Boston fast food restaurants, including Dunkin' Donuts, McDonalds, and Burger King, are expected to walk off the job Tuesday as they continue to protest for higher wages and the right to unionize.

A picket line is planned at McDonald's on Gallivan Boulevard in Dorchester starting at 6 a.m., according to the #WageAction coalition, which has been organizing the local protests, followed by a demonstration at noon at Primark in Downtown Crossing, where retail workers are trying to unionize.


A rally will be held late Tuesday afternoon at Faneuil Hall, with organizers planning to announce a voter registration drive aimed at workers who make less than $15 an hour. It's part of a national push to make higher wages an issue in the 2016 elections.

As the scope of the strikes has expanded beyond fast food workers to include home care, retail, and other low-wage employees, the business community may be starting to pay closer attention. The Atlanta-based employment law firm Fisher & Phillips, which has an office in Boston, sent out an advisory to its clients last week outlining what to expect from the protests and how to handle walkouts.

Katie Johnston can be reached at katie.johnston@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @ktkjohnston.