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Wed May 21, 2014, 03:56 PM May 2014

McDonald's closes corporate HQ in Chicago as 2,000 protesters gather


McDonald’s closed part of its corporate headquarters in Chicago on Wednesday in response to a mass protestplanned by workers and activists calling for a hike in the minimum wage and the right to form a union without retaliation.

The protest, by 2,000 people, is believed to be the largest McDonald’s has ever faced, and is expected to include 500 fast-food workers from three dozen cities as well as local church groups, union activists and community groups. It comes a day before the fast food company’s annual meeting when dissident shareholders intend to vote against CEO Donald Thomson’s $9.5m pay package. Protesters also plan to picket that meeting.

Activists said the company feared a "public relations minefield" and had sent workers home in order to derail the protest. Protesters planned to move their demonstration to another nearby McDonald’s corporate facility.

A McDonald's spokeswoman said the company had taken the decision to close the a building on its campus that holds 2,000 staff after consultation with police. The building was close to a busy intersection and the company was concerned about the disruption the protesters could cause to traffic. She said staff continued to work from home.


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McDonald's closes corporate HQ in Chicago as 2,000 protesters gather (Original Post) PumpkinAle May 2014 OP
Wow, the lies corporate suits will tell to keep from facing protesters. Rex May 2014 #1
Run away! daleanime May 2014 #2
"When danger reared its ugly head, he bravely turned his tail and fled" riqster May 2014 #3
Actually in the Chicago suburb of Oakbrook. MohRokTah May 2014 #4


(65,616 posts)
1. Wow, the lies corporate suits will tell to keep from facing protesters.
Wed May 21, 2014, 03:59 PM
May 2014

I can understand, they want to be able to go home and sleep at night. Seeing the 'ordinary' people out on the streets protesting might upset their stomach or at least give them a slight headache. As we all know, the working class is a scary group of people that must be controlled with slave wages. Otherwise they might want the same stuff as the Haves!

Better to close up shop and pretend there is no problem. THAT will solve things!


(17,796 posts)
2. Run away!
Wed May 21, 2014, 04:01 PM
May 2014

Can't decide if I'm more amused or upset by this.

Hey, McDs, if traffic concerns are your only problem why don't you invite people in to discuss these issues?



(15,429 posts)
4. Actually in the Chicago suburb of Oakbrook.
Wed May 21, 2014, 05:04 PM
May 2014

And they probably moved the protest to Hamburger University.

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