OAK BROOK, Illinois (CNN) – The campus was the scene of a large protest with organizers calling for an increase in the minimum wage to 15-dollars an hour.
The protesters were bused in, some came from other cities. Oak Brook police estimate that there were 32 buses and a total of 1000 to 1500 protestors. They rallied on McDonald’s property, and were met with police in riot gear who told the group several times to leave.
Then the arrests started, a peaceful process with a total of 110 people getting arrested for criminal trespassing.
Participants say that’s what they had to do to get a fair wage from the leader in the industry, staging this protest the day before McDonald’s shareholder meeting.
Kendall Fells, the organizer of the protest, told CNN “McDonald’s is the leader of the industry. It’s the fastest growing industry in the country. These workers are here to look shareholders in the face to say we do work for you, we are grown, and we’re not going to live in poverty while you take home millions.”
“We respect the right to peacefully protest. When it comes to minimum wage, that’s a national discussion. It’s not a McDonald’s issue its an economic issue.” said Heidi Barker, a spokesperson for McDonald’s.
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