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McDonald’s vacates headquarters due to worker protests

Thousands of protesters marched on a McDonald’s campus that houses its Hamburger University training facility, demanding higher wages for workers.

The site of the planned protest was changed after McDonald’s vacated its headquarters in the US state of Illinois after consulting with police.

Protesters want the fast food giant pay a minimum wage of $15 (£9) per hour, double the US federal minimum wage.

The company’s annual shareholder meeting is scheduled for Thursday.

The closure affected one of five McDonald’s corporate buildings and about 3,000 employees.

ON MAY 15 THE LOW WAGE WORKER STRUGGLE IS GOING GLOBAL

THIS IS A CALL FOR SOLIDARITY WITH THE GLOBAL FAST FOOD WORKERS STRIKE!

On May 15, fast food workers across the world – in more than 150 U.S. cities, and 33 countries - will hold the first and largest strike/protest for a living wage of $15 and the right to organize.

COME OUT & STAND UP for the rights and dignity of LOW-WAGE WORKERS!

This affects all of us! Whether you have a job or are jobless; whether you are a student or retired person; a member of a union or have no union. The majority of working people in this country make less than $15 an hour which means that thousands upon thousands of workers live either in poverty or close to the edge – while the corporate elites, the 1% are reporting billions in profits.

Join us in this action to say WE DESERVE BETTER!

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Philadelphia: Striking low-wage workers march for $15 and a union, September 4, 2014.

Eleven Philadelphia fast food workers and home health care workers were arrested as part of a national protest in 150 cities on Sep 7. Over 100 protesters marched a mile from a McDonald’s at Broad and Girard to a second McD at Broad and Arch, chanting and holding signs demanding “$15 and a union”. The rally ended with the arrest of 11 workers who refused to get off the street despite police orders.

Photos and report by Joe Piette