OAK BROOK, Ill. -- Protesters rallied outside McDonald’s Oak Brook headquarters today and pushed for a $15 dollar minimum wage for fast food workers.
They came from all over the country to fight for the raise the wage $7 to $8 dollar more than many of their city’s minimum wages.
McDonald’s is a company in dire need of help. Its sales have declined for six straight quarters. It's shutting 700 stores worldwide and making healthy changes to its menu to include antibiotic free chicken and sirloin burgers. Today, the company also announced an increase in wages and education benefits. It's a plan McDonald’s hopes will appeal to its employees and shareholders alike.
Starting July 1st at company owned restaurants, McDonald’s will pay employees $1 over the locally mandated minimum wage.
Also on July 1st, 90,000 employees in company owned McDonald’s will start accruing personal paid time off.
Starting today, at all McDonald’s, employees can get their GED free, receive college tuition assistance and free English language classes.
Activists think McDonald’s is finally succumbing to their pressure but they say the company is not going far enough.