MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Demonstrators supporting janitors pushing for higher pay in the Twin Cities are causing traffic tie-ups in downtown Minneapolis.

The protesters blocked downtown streets during the morning commute Thursday. Traffic heading into the downtown area was at a standstill at one point. The State Patrol shut down some major entry points, causing backups which stretched three miles. Some Metro Transit buses were rerouted.

Thousands of janitors staged a one-day strike Wednesday. They're also pushing for more sick days.