Fight for $15 and a Union activists, SEIU members and members of Reverend Barber’s Poor People’s Campaign marched to McDonald’s new corporate headquarters in downtown Chicago to demand $15 an hour wages and the right to join a union without interference.
The workers accused McDonald’s of reneging on a promise to pay a dollar above minimum wage for 90,000 working people at company-owned stores.
“We are cooks and cashiers who work behind the company’s counters, grills and fryers across the country. And we are calling on McDonald’s to use its massive power and wealth to lift up people of color and our communities rather than keep us locked in poverty,” said the working men and women in a letter delivered to the company ahead of the annual shareholder meeting.
“Black and brown workers just like me and just like you… want to build a better future for our children. We don’t want to rely on assistance programs anymore or figure out how we’re going to pay our rent, or afford our next meal,” said McDonald’s employee Mary Hood to the crowd.