CHICAGO (CBS) — Hundreds of low-wage workers from across the country marched outside McDonald’s headquarters on Thursday, demanding a $15-an-hour wage, as shareholders held their annual meeting in Oak Brook.
The activists, many of them McDonald’s employees, claimed to represent 300 cities and 20 countries. Demonstrators also included health care workers, airport workers, and others fighting for a $15 minimum wage.
“It’s not just fast food. McJobs are costing us all. If you make less than $15 an hour, you work at a McJob, sorry to tell you,” said one protester.
Black, brown, white, young, and old; workers marched through the sprawling McDonald’s campus, seeking to get the attention of shareholders.
Twenty-four busloads of protesters walked down Jorie Boulevard in Oak Brook to the gatehouse of the McDonald’s corporate campus.
“Yes sir, we’re fired, up, and we’re not taking no more. We’re fed up with all this. We’re fed up with not being able to feed our kids. And this is something that’s giving a lot of workers hope. And this is something that’s changing lives. And if we get $15, that’s going be a life-changing thing,” one worker said.