In a first for the fast-food giant, McDonalds was forced to close its corporate headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois. The peaceful protest was so large that the company actually vacated all office workers from its campus that includes Hamburger University.
McDonald’s workers are demanding a living wage of $15 per hour from the company. The protest comes prior to corporate executives voting to give themselves an executive wage increase at the shareholder’s meeting. The several hundred protesters are asking for double the current U.S. minimum wage of $7.50 per hour.
McDonald’s has been the target of several protests nationwide over the growing income disparity of workers and executives. The Bureau of Labor Statistic states that fast-food workers in the U.S. earn about $8.83 per hour, or $18,400 per year if they are working a full 40-hour work week. Last week saw protests in 150 U.S. cities and also in more than 30 international locations as workers walked off their jobs.