Pinoy advocates fight for $15 min wage at McDonald's HQ

By Connie Macatula-De Leon, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

May 22, 2014

OAKBROOK, Ill. – Filipinos joined approximately 2,000 protesters this morning at the McDonald’s headquarters to fight for better wages and improved benefits.

McDonald’s employees are demanding a minimum wage of $15 per hour and the right to unionize.

On day two of the protest, there were 32 buses and hundreds of smaller vehicles that carried demonstrators from different cities and states as McDonald’s, the world’s biggest restaurant operator by revenue, had its shareholders meeting today.

This protest movement for better wages and benefits began in 2012 and has been supported by local and international labor groups such as the Service Employees International Union.

Twelve million workers in 126 countries support this global issue by conducting coordinated protests around the world.

Currently, many McDonald’s employees only earn an average of $7.25 an hour.

“Today I was at the rally to support hundreds of workers from all over the country; workers who are in the fast-food industry,” former fast food worker Kristina Tendilla said. “People were fighting for a living wage, a right to representation without retaliation, and better working conditions, over all.”

Different people from different walks of life were present at the rally, including 11-year-old Ian Swanson, who was an avid Happy Meal fan until he learned about McDonald’s less than $15 salary for its employees.

“Why are you stealing the workers’ money?” he said during the protest. “Don’t you have enough money in your wallet already?”

Protestors coming from different fast-food companies gathered with one request – to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour.

“McDonald’s need to pay these workers not only a decent wage but a living wage where they can take out their families and live decent lives,” ex-KFC employee Jonathan Nunoo said.

Police arrested 110 people for trespassing and civil disobedience. There were no Filipinos arrested.

In a statement, McDonald’s said: “We respect everyone’s rights to peacefully protest. We are focused on welcoming our shareholders to McDonald’s annual meeting.”

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  • JRB
    22 May 2014 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    Good for all of you that wants $15.00 a hour and want to uionize Mcdonald’s? If it happens, how many Mcdonald’s will close up all around America?

  • Mar
    23 May 2014 at 1:16 am - Reply

    Walmart product is still one of the cheapest because it is Non-Union store. Expect McDonald foods to go up as soon they join the a union. Americans had never learn a lesson, 75% of the manufacturing plant moved to China because of labor union. Daily wages to increase $15/hr,, $5 goes to the Union, $2 for taxes,take home almost $9.00..Union is one the biggest political donors for Democrat party , most of them are communist, they drive business away… .

  • PAWS
    23 May 2014 at 4:37 am - Reply

    if so wala ng Happy Meal………panay Sad Meal na lang