Wednesday, May 21, 2014

McDonald's Workers Protest Low Pay, 100 Arrested
Fast food workers demonstrating in NYC.
Wed May 21, 2014 11:35PM GMT

Thousands of McDonald's workers demanding higher wages and the right to form a union without retaliation have held a demonstration in the United States.

The police arrested about 100 protesters outside McDonald's corporate headquarters in the state of Illinois on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, organizers changed the location of their protest after the fast-food chain vacated its headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois.

Down the street from McDonald's campus that houses its Hamburger University training facility, riot police warned protesters to disperse. Several demonstrators dressed in McDonald's uniforms essentially volunteered to be arrested.

According to organizers, more than 100 McDonald's workers who traveled from around the US were arrested, along with community leaders and supporters.

Protesters want the fast food giant pay a minimum wage of $15 per hour.

Chanting, “Hey McDonald’s You Can’t Hide, We Can See Your Greedy Side,” and “No Big Macs, No Fries, Make our Wage Supersize,” protesters blocked the entrance to McDonald’s campus in Oakbrook.

The protest against the world's biggest restaurant operator came a day before an annual shareholder meeting.

The rallies have also spread to other countries. Organizers say they've held 230 rallies in 33 countries, including France, Brazil and Indonesia.

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