Following the 15 May strikes that hit 150+ cities across the US as the global day of action saw solidarity protests in over 30 countries, fast food workers and their supporters headed to Oak Brook in Illinois on Wednesday 21 May to demonstrate at a McDonald’s corporate shareholders event.
It was clear from events on this demonstration that the sheer scale of action on 15 May, a reflection of which was the widespread global media coverage and the fact the #fastfoodglobal was the number one trending topic on twitter around the world, had really rattled McDonald’s bosses.
All fast food workers did was to stand strong and continue to push their straightforward demands for $15 an hour and a union. Yet on the day, 137 were arrested–the majority of whom are fast food workers for their sit-in action.
But as many of the strikers there have described, the attempts to repress their campaign have only acted to embolden them and strengthen their resolve to keep fighting.