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

(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.

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)
Oak Brook Police Commander Jeff Weber gives protesters a warning of arrest if they walk on the McDonald's property.   (AP Photo / Daily Herald, Bev Horne)
Hundreds of protesters flooded the streets near the McDonald’s Corp. headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill., Wednesday, May 21, 2014.   (AP Photo / Daily Herald, Bev Horne)
A protester is handcuffed near the McDonald’s Corp. headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill. Wednesday, May 21, 2014.   (AP Photo / Daily Herald, Bev Horne)
« Prev« Prev | Next »Next » Slideshow
My TakeCLICK BELOW TO VOTE
6%
5%
0%
26%
2%
61%
To report an error on this story, notify our editors.

NEWS FROM OUR PARTNERS
Other Sites We Like:   The Street   |   MSN Living   |   PopSugar Tech   |   RealClear   |   24/7 Wall St.   |   Biography   |   Barstool Sports   |   OK!