About 100 people were arrested as some McDonalds employees joined labor and clergy members in protest of a higher minimum wage. Protestors stormed the McDonald’s headquarters located in Oak Brook, Illinois demanding that they get paid what they are “worth” and pushing for a $15 / hour wage hike (as well as the right to form a union). The Oak Brook Police Dept. estimated that there were approximately 1000- 1500 protestors that stormed through the company’s campus entrance holding signs that said, “We Are Worth More” and “My Union My Voice.”
Coincidently, the protestors were hand delivered on 32 busses, coincidently joined by Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President Mary Kay Henry and NAACP official William Barber. Henry was one of those arrested in the incident.
McDonald’s is the latest target of the left’s push to force more businesses to either close their doors, or raise their prices. I don’t know about you, but since when did flipping burgers at McDonalds suddenly become a career? My own son worked a summer job at McDonalds when he was just 16. It was a job to teach him the basics. It was a great experience that he would take with him in to the future when he would decide to settle on a career. It is an entry level job that a lot of our teenagers depend on. How sad that the big-bad unions want to take that away.
We are all aware of what will happen if the unions get their way. A $15 an hour minimum wage could force McDonalds to not only cut the number of workers that they could hire, but could also force an increase in prices that would be passed on to the consumer. How much would you pay for a Big Mac attack? In my opinion, you don’t go through a drive-thru to pay high prices for a gourmet burger. You drive through to get something fast and cheap. Besides, the McDonald’s employees that missed work just to show up for this protest might soon find themselves replaced by a robot , or a kiosk. Neither of which will require Employee-mandated Obamacare. Be careful what you wish for.