Do Workers Even Stand a Chance in the Fight for $15?
McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD) employees backed by the Fight for $15 movement interrupted a speech by the company’s President of U.S. operations on Friday afternoon. Jeff Stratton, who oversees the operation of more than 15,500 McDonald’s restaurants in the U.S. and Canada, was speaking at the Union League Club’s First Friday luncheon, a forum for “men and women to make a connection between work, faith, values, and issues that affect our daily lives.”
The Chicago Tribune reports that seven protestors were escorted out of the luncheon and given tickets for criminal trespassing after they interrupted Stratton’s speech. Fight for $15, a coalition of Chicago fast food and retail workers advocating a $15 per hour minimum wage, confirmed with the publication that they bought tickets for 10 members to attend the event.
Additional protestors gathered outside of the building hosting the event. The protests, part of a loose string of demonstrations that have experience variable momentum over the past few months, reiterated the message that minimum-wage workers don’t earn enough money to live on.