McDonald’s Forced To Shut Down Restaurant Amid Protests Over Wage Hike
A McDonald’s was forced to put shutters down on Wednesday after hundreds of protesters stormed into its headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois. The protesters were McDonald’s workers who demand higher wages.
The protests forced law enforcements to close several roads. Most of the restaurants were temporarily closed for Wednesday and Thursday.
The protesters demand pay hikes of $15 hourly wages and better working conditions for fastfood employees.
Over 200 protestors crowded the restaurant on 8 Mile and Lahser roads carrying signs that read “We are worth more. Strike for 15.”
The protesters took to the streets one day before the McDonald’s annual shareholders meeting. They are planning another protest on the day of the meeting.
Police were expecting about 5,000 protesters to join the protest for $15 on Wednesday, organized by the Service Employees International Union’s Fight.
According to the Tribune, McDonald’s workers from New York and Kansas City are likely to participate.
Fearing the protest might take a violent turn, the company has asked corporate employees not to report to work on Wednesday.
Before protesters arrived, the parking area was closed.
Last month, McDonald’s announced it would increase wage by more than 10%, but only for a fraction of its workers.
The fastfood chain said that the employees of franchisee-owned restaurants will not see wage hikes, which means only just 10% of employees of employees will get high wages.
Only employees of company-owned restaurants will have the average hourly wages from $9.01 to $9.90. By the end of 2016, McDonald’s expects workers will get an average $10 wage hike.
Employees shared their views.
“It’s a very uncomfortable lifestyle working for $7.40 at McDonald’s when McDonald’s made like $500 billion last year,” protestor Collin said.
“We’re out here fighting to raise the minimum wage and get rid of $7.40 because $7.40 an hour is not enough to take care of our kids and our families and we want to, you know, get the raise up to $15,” another protestor said.
Several food workers participated in a nationwide walkout for higher wages.