At 8:00 am on Tuesday, dozens of people gathered outside of a McDonald’s restaurant on Chicago’s Northwest side to protest what they say is the company’s widespread practice of stealing wages from workers. “We have one of the richest corporations in the country [in] one of the richest industries—a $200 billion industry—stealing from low-wage workers who are literally in poverty,” says Deivid Rojas of Fight for 15, who organized the event.
In Chicago, employees, supporters and would-be customers listened to a speech from Rev. C.J. Hawking, executive director of the community resource group Arise Chicago, who decried McDonald’s treatment of employees.