The McDonald’s Corporation has temporarily closed its suburban Chicago headquarters for a third year in a row as fast food workers protested at the company’s annual shareholders meeting with calls for wages of at least $15 an hour and union rights.
The Fight for $15 campaign has been backed by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) since 2012 has had a hand in convincing some lawmakers and big employers to boost minimum wages and improve working conditions.
McDonald’s last July raised average hourly pay and began offering paid vacations and other benefits for the roughly 90,000 workers at its company operated US restaurants.
While executives and shareholders have reaped rewards via salary hikes and gains in the stock price, frontline workers say they have not shared in the wealth.
“Corporations ought to invest in workers so they don’t need food stamps, subsidised housing and other benefits,” SEIU President Mary Kay Henry said. (Source: Yahoo)