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McDonald's workers fight for 'supersized' minimum wage

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Hours after more than 100 McDonald's employees were arrested in the largest-ever labor protest to hit the company, thousands of workers and supporters returned to McDonald's headquarters to fight for a higher minimum wage Thursday morning.

The workers that gathered outside the Oak Brook headquarters call their protest "The Fight for 15," because they are fighting for a $15 minimum wage and the right to form a union. Currently, minimum wage for the fast food workers at the burger giant is $8.25. The protestors say McDonald's made $1.5 billion last year and they are not being paid enough.

Wednesday more than 1,500 protestors gathered to protest. Some of the protestors were chanting, "No Big Macs, no fries, make the wages supersized." Police arrested about 139 people who were charged with criminal trespass.

The protest began around 7 a.m. Thursday. Seventeen buses of Service Employees International Union members arrived about 6:30 a.m. and marched southbound on Jorie Boulevard from Kensington Road, stopping at Kroc Drive, according to Oak Brook police. Jorie Boulevard was closed “intermittently” during the march.

The demonstrators assembled at Kroc Drive and Jorie Boulevard for the protest, then moved north toward Ronald Lane, where they stayed for a short time before dispersing at 8:30 a.m., police said.


The Sun Times Media Wire contributed to this story.

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