(OAK BROOK) – The Campus, McDonalds HQ in Illinois, was the spot of a huge protest in which the organizers demanded that their minimum wage should be increased to 15 USD an hour.
The people protesting were bused in, there were some who had come from other cities just to participate in the protest. According to the Oakbrook police, there were around 32 buses and between 1000-1500 protesters. They rallied on McDonald’s property, and encountered with police in riot gear, who ordered them many times to leave.
When they insisted on carrying on their protest, the police started arresting the people peacefully. They arrested more than 130 protestants and charged them with criminal trespassing.
However, the participants of the protest say that they had no option but to protest so that they could get a reasonable wage from a company which is leading the industry. Therefore, they arranged this protest just a day before McDonald’s shareholder meeting.
Kendall Fells, the one who organized the protest, said, “McDonald’s is the leader of the industry. It’s the fastest growing industry in the country. These workers are here to look shareholders in the face to say we do work for you, we are grown, and we’re not going to live in poverty while you take home millions.”
Replying to this, Heidi Barker, a spokesman for McDonald’s said, “We respect the right to peacefully protest. When it comes to minimum wage, that’s a national discussion. It’s not a McDonald’s issue, its an economic issue. We’re gearing up for our annual business meeting tomorrow and welcoming our shareholders to campus.”