Protestors Arrested at McDonald’s Headquarters

McDonald’s ProtestorsA day before the McDonald’s annual shareholders meeting, police arrested 139 protesters outside McDonald’s world headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill.

The protestors were arrested for criminal trespassing.

Workers chanted “Hey McDonald’s You Can’t Hide, We Can See Your Greedy Side,” and “No Big Macs, No Fries, Make our Wage Supersize,” as the arrests were made.

The protest is part of an ongoing campaign form workers demanding $15-per-hour pay and the right for fast-food workers to try to unionize without retaliation.

“Workers are taking on the biggest, baddest, richest in the $200 billion fast-food industry,” says Kendall Fells, leader of Fast Food Forward. “If we can bring McDonald’s to the table, the road ahead will be a lot easier.”

McDonald’s said it had no plans to make any changes for the annual meeting. “Folks have a right to protest peacefully and express their views,” says spokeswoman Heidi Barker Sa Shekhem.

“We’re gearing up for our annual business meeting tomorrow and welcoming our shareholders to campus.”

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