CHICAGO (CBS)– Some McDonald’s employees plan to go on strike Wednesday, demanding a minimum wage of $15 an hour.
The employees working as cooks and cashiers are set to gather at Union Park, then march to a rally at noon outside of the company’s West Loop headquarters.READ MORE: Chicago’s Speed Cameras Churn Out Hundreds Of Thousands Of Tickets After Rule Change
The McDonald’s workers say a $15 an hour wage would solve a nationwide hiring crunch. They’ve been fighting for the increase for several years.READ MORE: Weekend Guests At Six Flags Great America Say Crowds, Closed Rides, Huge Fight Involving 20 People Ruined Their Experience
The strike comes one day before the McDonald’s annual shareholder meeting.
Last week, McDonald’s announced it will raise its minimum wage to $15 dollars an hour at company-owned stores by 2024. But that only impacts 5% of McDonald’s locations nationwide.MORE NEWS: Massive Chemical Plant Fire In Rockton, Illinois, Could Burn For Days
The rest are owned by franchisees, who set pay in their fast food restaurants.