22 May 2015 - McDonald workers on strike
McDonald's workers: 'supersize my check'
Aamer Madhani and Hadley Malcolm (USA Today)
OAK BROOK, Ill.-- McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook told shareholders on Thursday that he was "incredibly proud" of the company's recent efforts to increase its workers pay as thousands of protesters calling for a $15 an hour minimum wage gathered outside the fast food company's headquarters.
The demonstrators – chanting for McDonald's to "supersize my check" – came to Oak Brook this week to call McDonald's out for insufficient pay, drawing negative attention to the fast food giant two weeks after Easterbrook's announced turnaround plan failed to impress investors. The annual shareholders meeting marked Easterbrook's first as the company's CEO.
Rupert Neate (The Guardian)
About 3,000 McDonald’s employees from across the US chanted: “We work, we sweat, put $15 in our cheque” as they marched towards the burger giant’s headquarters holding banners reading “McDonald’s: $15 and Union Rights, Not Food Stamps.”
As the meeting began, protesters delivered a petition signed by 1.4m people calling on the company to support a $15 minimum wage and to respect workers’ rights to unionize.
“We’re here to tell McDonald’s and its shareholders to invest in the company and its workers instead of wealthy hedge fund managers and executives,” said Kwanza Brooks, a McDonald’s worker and mother of three from Charlotte, North Carolina, who is paid $7.25 an hour. “We’re tired of relying on food stamps to feed our own families. We need $15 and the right to form a union and we need it now.”
Patrick Clark (Bloomberg)
More than 1,000 McDonald’s workers protested outside the fast-food chain’s corporate headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill., for the second day, calling for higher wages and the right to form a union, while the company held its annual shareholders’ meeting.
“We know this company spent $30 billion over the last 10 years buying back their stock and making money for their investors and shareholders, so it’s clear they have enough money to pay us $15 an hour,” said Terrence Wise, one of the protesters.
The demonstration comes two days after the national campaign for higher wages at McDonald’s, Walmart, and other large employers notched a major victory, when the Los Angeles City Council voted to increase hourly wages to $15 by 2020.
Agencies (Irish Independent)
Steve Easterbrook, McDonald's new chief executive, last month announced that starting pay at company-operated restaurants would be set at $1 above the locally mandated minimum wage, beginning on July 1. By the end of 2016, McDonald's expects the average hourly pay rate to be above $10 per hour.
Those increases only apply to some 90,000 workers at the roughly 1,500 U.S. restaurants McDonald's operates. They do not affect around 660,000 other restaurant workers employed by U.S. McDonald's franchisees.
Some workers were quick to criticize the announcement, saying it was too little to make a real difference and affected too few workers.
The decision also angered some McDonald's restaurant operators, who said it would put additional cost pressure on franchisees struggling to maintain profits at a time when sales have been weakened by intense competition and internal missteps that have slowed service.
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"22 May 2015 - McDonald workers on strike", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mai 2015. Consulté le 01/12/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2015/22-may-2015-mcdonald-workers-on-strike