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.