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.