Protest over wages outside McDonald’s HQ in Oak Brook

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OAK BROOK, Ill. — For the second straight day, protesters demand higher wages and the right to unionize outside of McDonald's headquarters in Oak Brook.

They delivered two boxes of what they claimed contained 1.4 million supportive signatures to a McDonald's representative. They did so as McDonald's shareholders gathered at the corporate headquarters.

The Service Employees International Union is spearheading the effort.

"They should be able to give us a raise, at least $14 or $15 raise, so we can feed our families," said one demonstrator.

"What we know is that this is part of a publicity campaign by the SEIU. It's part of an $80 million campaign spent over the last two years," said Heidi Barker, a McDonald's spokesperson.

McDonald's is offering raises starting July 1st at company-owned restaurants. In Chicago, the raises will be $1 dollar more than the local minimum wage, which brings the total to $11 an hour.



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  • SmartA100

    Unless they are management, these unskilled workers dont deserve $15 an hour. Low level no skill jobs were NEVER designed to support single parents with a bunch of kids…so stop whining…..I would like a 40% hike too…..and I am SKILLED and PAID FOR MY OWN COLLEGE EDUCATION!!!!

      • Brand

        Agreed!!! McDonald’s shouldn’t be considered a career, it is a stop over job it is something temporary. They want higher wage for microwaving a frozen patty…gimme a break!!

  • arubatom

    Agree with the post by SAMRTA100 and the replies. Flipping burgers is not a career job, not meant to try and support families with. Where is the ambition for these workers to do better than this? Many of us went to night school so we could get better paying jobs….no way $15/hour for throwing fries in the hopper or squirting mayo on burgers!!!

  • Stevve

    Screw the McDonald’s employees, screw their CEO’s, and screw the stupid Americans that eat at McDonald’s.
    These American mothers who serve their toddlers “happy meals” should be arrested for child abuse.

    You think your country is #1? It’s not, every government tells their people the same thing. Sure, the US has all the weapons, but how does that benefit you? Your country is nothing close to being “free”.

  • Christal

    McDonald’s takes every constitutional right an American has and put it all in the toilet and give them none all they wanted their burgers flip there many squeeze and they will pay you $2 if they could and get away with it mcdonald uses people American people by their food foreigners buy their food but when it comes to work as far as the children or them need a part time job mcdonald ships in the face after taking all their money McDonald’s is not nice the smiles are fake they are horrible all levels special to franchise stores and I can name names.meaning franchise

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