Protesters Shut McDonald's HQ; 138 Arrested
Expect more ruckus at shareholders meeting today
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2014 7:46 AM CDT
Protesters walk down Jorie Blvd. in Oak Brook, Wednesday, May 21, 2014 near the McDonald’s Corp. headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill.   (AP Photo / Daily Herald, Bev Horne)

(Newser) – It looks like a win for protesters who took to McDonald's yesterday to demand $15 an hour for fast-food workers—at least, it's a win for those who didn't end up in jail. McDonald's was forced to close a main building at its headquarters in Oakbrook, Ill.—and instead asked employees to work from home—after 1,000 to 1,500 protesters bearing signs and bullhorns arrived on 32 buses and took over the McDonald's campus, the Wall Street Journal and the Daily Herald report. Some 138 were arrested after police, suited up in riot gear and brandishing clubs, ordered them to disperse.

A McDonald's rep says the headquarters was only closed because of traffic concerns and that the company's annual shareholder meeting, scheduled for today, will go ahead as planned. That sets up another showdown as protesters promised to show up bright and early again today. Wages are expected to be one of the topics of the meeting; some 400 stockholders and executives will also go over executive pay packages and marketing to children and minorities. The media isn't allowed to attend, but the whole thing is being webcast.

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Aug 5, 2014 8:20 PM CDT
Mcdonalds makes huge profits from handing out low wages.McDonalds should not be making huge profits and not give out decent wages.Also for a$$holes who complain about these guys not going to school some either can't afford them or are from another country.
Jun 1, 2014 10:21 AM CDT
Free adv. for Mc D. LOL
Tom Maker
May 27, 2014 1:41 PM CDT
If the under skilled can take a day off without pay to protest they are making enough money!!!! Go to school and better not demand handouts that you do NOT deserve.