Demonstrating McDonald’s workers arrested

This video from the USA says about itself:

Protesters Arrested in Pay Fight at McDonald’s Headquarters

22 May 2014

Oak Brook, Illinois: Protesters were arrested after crossing a barricade outside McDonald’s headquarters on Wednesday, as hundreds demonstrated to call attention to the low pay earned by fast-food workers.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Friday 23rd May 2014

Employees told to work from home as protesters against fast-food industry exploitation face riot police in shadow of the golden arches

Police have arrested more than 100 US fast-food protesters for refusing to stop their picket of McDonald’s Illinois headquarters.

Over 2,000 activists demonstrated on Wednesday to call attention to the low pay plight of fast food workers.

The action preceded the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting yesterday, where the firm was due to face a grilling over issues including its executive pay packages and marketing to children.

McDonald’s closed a building and told head office employees to work from home as demonstrators blocked the entrance to the company’s campus.

They were confronted by dozens of police officers in riot gear who ordered protesters to disperse.

Protest organisers said about 100 McDonald’s workers who had travelled from around the country were arrested, along with community leaders and supporters.

Among them was Service Employees International Union (SEIU) president Mary Kay Henry who said in a statement released after her arrest that she wanted McDonald’s workers to know that her union members stood with them.

The SEIU has been providing financial and organisational support to the fast-food protests, which started in late 2012 in New York City and have spread to other cities and countries.

Outside its headquarters, McDonald’s worker Jessica Davis said: “I’m worried about not being able to pay my bills.”

She supports two young children and relies on public assistance and help from her family to get by, unable to make ends meet with the roughly $9 (£5.34) an hour she earns at a Chicago restaurant.

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 (£4.30) an hour, about $15,000 (£8,894) a year for a person who works a 40-hour week.But most fast-food workers are given far less time on the clock, in part because restaurant owners want to avoid paying overtime or benefits.

The NLRB ruled that meat sandwich purveyor McDonald’s is liable for workers’ rights violations.

McDonald’s workers from New York, Chicago and Los Angeles will travel to eight countries on three continents beginning Monday as part of their protest for higher wages: here.

NEW ZEALAND’S Unite Union reached an agreement with McDonald’s last week over ending zero hour contracts and other issues in dispute with the company: here.

MCDONALD’S TO FEEL THE HEAT “McDonald’s, Burger King and every other company that relies on a franchise business model just suffered the legal setback they’ve been fearing for years. The National Labor Relations Board ruled on Thursday that Browning Ferris Industries, a waste management company, qualifies as a ‘joint employer’ alongside one of its subcontractors. The decision effectively loosens the standards for who can be considered a worker’s boss under labor law, and its impact will be felt in any industry that relies on franchising or outsourcing work.” [Dave Jamieson, HuffPost]

‘WHAT I LEARNED WORKING FOUR YEARS AT MCDONALD’S’ “McDonald’s is gross and greasy. But my humiliation, and that of my friends and my family, wasn’t because I made burgers. It was because I was supposed to be better than that.” [HuffPost]

The Founder: Hollywood’s love affair with Ray Kroc and McDonald’s: here.

14 thoughts on “Demonstrating McDonald’s workers arrested

  1. From the USA:

    Fri Aug 29, 2014 5:10 pm (PDT) . Posted by:
    “bigraccoon” redwoodsaurus

    5 Cities To Watch On Labor Day

    Aug 29, 2014

    The fight to raise the minimum wage is going local.
    Congress failed to raise the minimum wage for the fifth year straight in July. Today, the federal wage floor of $7.25 is worth 30 percent less than the minimum wage of 1968, which was only $1.60. But thankfully, states and cities are realizing the dire need for action. Here are five cities that are in heated battles over raising the minimum wage:

    1) Seattle. Seattle made national news this summer when it voted for a $15 minimum wage. This is a marked increase from the statewide rate of $9.32, but is consistent with a living wage. However, the US Chamber of Commerce and the National Restaurant Association have joined a lawsuit brought by the International Franchise Association seeking to halt implementation. Most recently, an organizer asked for $1.1 million to stop the increase.

    2) San Diego. The San Diego City Council raised the minimum wage this month, but Mayor Kevin Faulconer vetoed the action. With a poll showing 63 percent support of the raise, the City Council fired back last week, overriding the veto and enacting the stepped increase to $11.50. Now, opponents are circulating petitions for a ballot measure to reverse course. While organizers need 34,000 signatures for their petition, there are allegations that the sponsors are misleading voters.

    3) Los Angeles. LA Mayor Eric Garcetti has reportedly circulated a proposed increase in the city’s minimum wage around to business leaders in recent weeks. Earlier this summer, the city saw debate over hotel workers’ wages. Garcetti is now expected to announce his plan on Labor Day: a gradual increase to $13.25 over three years, with annual inflation-based increases. Business leaders have yet to release their position.

    4) San Francisco. San Francisco made history 11 years ago as the first city to raise its own minimum wage. Residents will again be asked to increase the wage this November, but this time to $15. In fact, there are several ballot initiatives throughout the Bay Area making similar increases. A recent report from researchers at UC Berkeley says that the $15 minimum would help almost a fourth of the city’s workforce.

    5) Chicago. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is forging ahead and pushing for a citywide increase to $13. Though all Illinois voters will see a non-binding referendum on a $10 minimum wage, Emanuel now plans to take action regardless of the how the state legislature moves forward. 84% of Chicagoans support the increase to $13 and even among those who make over $100k annually, support is strong at 71%.

    BOTTOM LINE: States and cities know that it’s time we have an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy few. They also know that the 13 states which saw increases in their minimum wage this year actually experienced faster job growth. This Labor Day, remember that our economy grows from the middle-out, not the top-down.


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  8. Friday 4th December 2015

    posted by Morning Star in World

    BURGER chain McDonald’s is under investigation by the EU over charges it struck a “sweetheart” tax deal with Luxembourg.

    The European Commission (EC) said the probe will look at deals alleged to have been struck by the global giant to avoid paying taxes in Luxembourg and the US.

    The EC said the European arm of McDonald’s has paid virtually no corporation tax in Luxembourg or the US since 2009, despite making more than €250 million (£177m) in 2013 alone.

    British charity ActionAid tax-justice policy adviser Anders Dahlbeck said that, if proven, the alleged “McTax Break” would just be the latest in a long string of corporate tax giveaways in both the developed and developing worlds.

    ActionAid estimates that special tax breaks cost developing countries at least $138 billion per year.

    “We need a fairer global tax system which ends the race to the bottom on tax and supports developing countries,” Mr Dahlbeck said.


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