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The Latest: Think-tank takes issue with minimum-wage protest

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Latest on the demonstration in New York City that was part of the nationwide minimum-wage protest (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

A conservative economic think-tank is taking issue with minimum-wage protests being held in New York and other places.

About 25 people participating in one of the protests were arrested Tuesday after they linked arms and sat on a lower Manhattan street.

They were among about 350 people at a peaceful rally, part of the National Day of Action to Fight for $15.

The Employment Policies Institute issued a statement saying dramatic minimum wage hikes result in lost jobs, reduced hours and business closures.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation last April to gradually raise New York’s minimum wage.

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7:50 a.m.

About 25 chanting minimum-wage protesters have been arrested after they linked arms and sat on a lower Manhattan street.

They were among about 350 people at a peaceful rally Tuesday.

The event was part of the National Day of Action to Fight for $15. The campaign seeks higher hourly wages, including for workers at fast-food restaurants and airports.

Participants chanted “We shall not be moved.” Signs said “We won’t back down” and “Strike for $15 and our future.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation last April that gradually raises the minimum wage to $15 in New York City by the end of 2018 and in some prosperous suburbs by the end of 2021.

It will rise to $12.50 in the rest of the state by 2020, eventually reaching $15.