OAK BROOK, Ill. — Police say there were no major disturbances or problems when workers marched and rallied today near McDonald’s corporate headquarters, demanding a $15 minimum wage and rights to form a union.
The protest coincides with McDonald’s annual shareholders meeting.
For much of the morning police had the area surrounded, protecting the McDonald’s Corporation from the angry protesters.
Many were there from other cities and industries.
Before arriving at the gate protesters tried to venture onto the McDonald’s compound by pushing their way through the woods. But they were quickly pushed back out by police.
Today’s action kicked off after an overnight camp-out outside McDonald’s Plaza.
McDonald’s issued a statement yesterday, highlighting its career opportunities and noting that hourly wages at company-owned stores are $1 above minimum wage. But workers insist that is still not enough.
Protests continue to close Jorie Blvd. near McDonald's headquarters in Oak Brook. pic.twitter.com/Rx3nQchHrU
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