On Eve of Annual Shareholders Meeting, Hundreds of McDonald’s Workers To Bring Call for $15/Hr & Union To Company Headquarters

On Eve of Annual Shareholders Meeting, Hundreds of McDonald’s Workers To Bring Call for $15/Hr & Union To Company Headquarters

“McDonald’s Not Lovin’ Annual Meeting Spotlight” – USA Today

 

(Chicago, IL) – Increasingly angry over low wages, wage theft and the failure of McDonald’s to listen to them, hundreds of McDonald’s workers will take their call for $15 an hour and a union to the company’s doorstep Wednesday — just hours before McDonald’s annual shareholders meeting begins. USA Today called Wednesday’s protest by more than 2,000 fast-food workers, clergy and community supporters a “public relations minefield” for a company that “spends billions painting an image of smiles and fun.” It will  mark the largest-ever labor protest McDonald’s has faced.

 

What: McDonald’s workers escalate their call for $15 and the right to form a union without retaliation

Who: McDonald’s workers, other fast-food workers, community leaders and clergy, including North Carolina NAACP President the Rev. William Barber

When: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 1 p.m. CT

Where: McDonald’s Corporate Headquarters, 2111 McDonald’s Drive, Oak Brook, IL 60523 (Staging:  Corner of McDonald’s Drive & W 22nd St)

 

Background

McDonald’s annual shareholders meeting on Thursday comes as investors and company officials are increasingly recognizing the need to respond to workers’ calls for higher pay. In an SEC filing, McDonald’s admitted that the growing focus on inequality might force it to raise wages; and after being hit with multiple class-action lawsuits alleging widespread wage theft, the company launched a comprehensive internal investigation. The fast-food giant has barred reporters from the annual meeting, following pressure from “shareholders, franchisees, and especially workers,” Business Insider reports.

 

Wednesday’s action come just days after fast-food strikes and protests rocked 230 cities around the world. McDonald’s workers traveling to Oak Brook, and who have now struck as many as six times in the past 18 months, are challenging the company’s outdated notion that its workers are teenagers looking for pocket change. Research shows that a majority of fast-food workers are adults, many of whom are struggling to raise children on a median wage of $8.94.

 

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