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More than 100 arrested as McDonald's workers protest low wages

A member of the United Federation Food Workers, Agribusiness, Tourism, Service / Trade and Allied Nicaragua (FUTATSCON) holds a placard dressed as clown during protest outside a McDonald's resturant in Managua May 15, 2014.The protest is part a global campaign against McDonald's for work and living wages for workers in their restaurants. The placrad reads
A member of the United Federation Food Workers, Agribusiness, Tourism, Service / Trade and Allied Nicaragua (FUTATSCON) holds a placard dressed as clown during protest outside a McDonald's resturant in Managua May 15, 2014.The protest is part a global campaign against McDonald's for work and living wages for workers in their restaurants. The placrad reads "Fair salaries for all McDonalds workers around the world'
A member of the United Federation Food Workers, Agribusiness, Tourism, Service / Trade and Allied Nicaragua (FUTATSCON) holds a placard, depicting police officers guarding a McDonald's restaurant, during protest outside a McDonald's resturant in Managua May 15, 2014.The protest is part a global campaign against McDonald's for work and living wages for workers in their restaurants.
A member of the United Federation Food Workers, Agribusiness, Tourism, Service / Trade and Allied Nicaragua (FUTATSCON) holds a placard during protest outside a McDonald's resturant in Managua May 15, 2014.The protest is part a global campaign against McDonald's for work and living wages for workers in their restaurants. The placrad reads "Labor rights and fair salaries in McDonalds".
Members of the United Federation Food Workers, Agribusiness, Tourism, Service / Trade and Allied Nicaragua (FUTATSCON) hold placards dressed as clowns during protest outside a McDonald's resturant in Managua May 15, 2014.The protest is part a global campaign against McDonald's for work and living wages for workers in their restaurants. The placard (L) reads "Fair salaries for all McDonalds workers around the world'
McDonald's employee Marta Garcia, (C), smiles while surrounded by protesters after walking off the job at a McDonald's restaurant in Oakland, California May 15, 2014. Garcia and another employee later left work to join the labor organizers, protesters, and fast food workers who briefly took over the McDonald's restaurant as part of a strike aiming to convince thousands of restaurants they make huge profits from paying them a pittance and that they deserve a raise.
Yadira Mendoza protests for higher wages with her daughter Mishelle Cadena inside a McDonald's restaurant in Oakland, California, May 15, 2014. Mendoza works at a local Jack in the Box. U.S. fast-food workers went on strike on Thursday, aiming to convince thousands of restaurants they make huge profits from paying them a pittance and that they deserve a raise.
Marisa Salas (R) hugs McDonald's employee Monica Vega after Vega walked off her job at a McDonald's restaurant in Oakland, California May 15, 2014. Vega and another employee left work to join the labor organizers, protesters, and fast food workers who briefly took over the restaurant as part of an international day of protest intended to raise fast food wages and earn workers the right to unionize. U.S. fast-food workers went on strike on Thursday, aiming to convince thousands of restaurants they make huge profits from paying them a pittance and that they deserve a raise.
Demonstrators clash with police during a protest at McDonald's headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, May 21, 2014. Workers were calling for higher wages and better work conditions.
A demonstrator is taken into custody by police during a protest at the McDonald's headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, May 21, 2014. Police on Wednesday arrested more than 100 demonstrators seeking better pay for McDonald's workers as protesters swarmed the fast-food chain's corporate campus near Chicago to demand a minimum wage of $15 an hour and the right to unionize.
Demonstrators chant in the driveway during a protest at the McDonald's headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, May 21, 2014. Hundreds of low-wage McDonald's workers protested near the fast-food chain's headquarters on Wednesday calling for a significant pay hike as shareholders prepare to weigh in on the company's executive compensation.
Demonstrators clash with police during a protest at the McDonald's headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, May 21, 2014. Police on Wednesday arrested more than 100 demonstrators seeking better pay for McDonald's workers as protesters swarmed the fast-food chain's corporate campus near Chicago to demand a minimum wage of $15 an hour and the right to unionize.
A demonstrator is taken into custody by police during a protest at the McDonald's headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, May 21, 2014. Police on Wednesday arrested more than 100 demonstrators seeking better pay for McDonald's workers as protesters swarmed the fast-food chain's corporate campus near Chicago to demand a minimum wage of $15 an hour and the right to unionize.
Victor Manuel (C) of Oakland protests outside a McDonald's restaurant in Oakland, California May 15, 2014. U.S. fast-food workers went out on strike on Thursday, aiming to convince thousands of restaurants they make huge profits from paying them a pittance and that they deserve a raise.
Demonstrators clash with police during a protest at the McDonald's headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, May 21, 2014. Police on Wednesday arrested more than 100 demonstrators seeking better pay for McDonald's workers as protesters swarmed the fast-food chain's corporate campus near Chicago to demand a minimum wage of $15 an hour and the right to unionize.
McDonald's workers use their smartphones to record video of protesters in a McDonald's restaurant in Oakland, California May 15, 2014. U.S. fast-food workers went out on strike on Thursday, aiming to convince thousands of restaurants they make huge profits from paying them a pittance and that they deserve a raise.
A McDonald's worker, who only identified herself as Ann, watches as protesters leave a McDonald's restaurant in Oakland, California May 15, 2014. U.S. fast-food workers went out on strike on Thursday, aiming to convince thousands of restaurants they make huge profits from paying them a pittance and that they deserve a raise.
Marisa Salas (C), of the East Bay Organizing Committee, leads a chant for higher wages inside a McDonald's restaurant in Oakland, California May 15, 2014. U.S. fast-food workers went out on strike on Thursday, aiming to convince thousands of restaurants they make huge profits from paying them a pittance and that they deserve a raise.
Marisa Salas (C), of the East Bay Organizing Committee, leads a chant for higher wages inside a McDonald's restaurant in Oakland, California May 15, 2014. U.S. fast-food workers went out on strike on Thursday, aiming to convince thousands of restaurants they make huge profits from paying them a pittance and that they deserve a raise.
Demonstrators take part in a protest to demand higher wages for fast-food workers outside McDonald's in Los Angeles, California May 15, 2014. The march was held as part of an international protest by fast-food workers who planned to go on strikes in 150 cities across the United States and demonstrations in 33 other countries on Thursday to demand higher pay and better working conditions.
Demonstrators take part in a protest to demand higher wages for fast-food workers outside McDonald's in Los Angeles, California May 15, 2014. The march was held as part of an international protest by fast-food workers who planned to go on strikes in 150 cities across the United States and demonstrations in 33 other countries on Thursday to demand higher pay and better working conditions.
Demonstrators take part in a protest to demand higher wages for fast-food workers outside McDonald's in Los Angeles, California May 15, 2014. The march was held as part of an international protest by fast-food workers who planned to go on strikes in 150 cities across the United States and demonstrations in 33 other countries on Thursday to demand higher pay and better working conditions.
Demonstrators take part in a protest to demand higher wages for fast-food workers outside McDonald's in Los Angeles, California May 15, 2014. The march was held as part of an international protest by fast-food workers who planned to go on strikes in 150 cities across the United States and demonstrations in 33 other countries on Thursday to demand higher pay and better working conditions.
Fernando Gutierrez, 26, takes part in a protest to demand higher wages for fast-food workers outside McDonald's in Los Angeles, California May 15, 2014. The march was held as part of an international protest by fast-food workers who planned to go on strikes in 150 cities across the United States and demonstrations in 33 other countries on Thursday to demand higher pay and better working conditions.
Demonstrators take part in a protest to demand higher wages for fast-food workers outside McDonald's in Los Angeles, California May 15, 2014. The march was held as part of an international protest by fast-food workers who planned to go on strikes in 150 cities across the United States and demonstrations in 33 other countries on Thursday to demand higher pay and better working conditions.
Demonstrators gather outside a McDonald's resturant in New York May 15, 2014. U.S. fast food workers seeking higher wages plan strikes and demonstrations on Thursday that could affect thousands of restaurants across the country the workers say make huge profits from paying them workers a pittance.
A demonstrator holds a placard outside a McDonald's resturant in New York May 15, 2014. U.S. fast food workers seeking higher wages plan strikes and demonstrations on Thursday that could affect thousands of restaurants across the country the workers say make huge profits from paying them workers a pittance.
Demonstrators gather outside a McDonald's resturant in New York May 15, 2014. U.S. fast food workers seeking higher wages plan strikes and demonstrations on Thursday that could affect thousands of restaurants across the country the workers say make huge profits from paying them workers a pittance. The placard (top L) reads "Fair salary and respect for labor rights".
Demonstrators gather outside a McDonald's resturant in New York May 15, 2014. U.S. fast food workers seeking higher wages plan strikes and demonstrations on Thursday that could affect thousands of restaurants across the country the workers say make huge profits from paying them workers a pittance. The placard (C) reads "Fair salary and respect for labor rights".
A customer (R) cheers along with protesters in a McDonald's restaurant in Oakland, California May 15, 2014. U.S. fast-food workers went out on strike on Thursday, aiming to convince thousands of restaurants they make huge profits from paying them a pittance and that they deserve a raise.
A customer walks out of a McDonald's restaurant with ice cream cones as demonstrators march past in Boston, Massachusetts May 15, 2014. U.S. fast-food workers went out on strike on Thursday, aiming to convince thousands of restaurants they make huge profits from paying them a pittance and that they deserve a raise.
Demonstrators take part in a protest to demand higher wages for fast-food workers outside McDonald's in Los Angeles, California May 15, 2014. The march was held as part of an international protest by fast-food workers who planned to go on strikes in 150 cities across the United States and demonstrations in 33 other countries on Thursday to demand higher pay and better working conditions.
Demonstrators protest in front of a McDonald's restaurant in Chicago, Illinois, May 15, 2014. U.S. fast food workers seeking higher wages plan strikes and demonstrations on Thursday that could affect thousands of restaurants across the country the workers say make huge profits from paying them workers a pittance.
Demonstrators take part in a protest to demand higher wages for fast-food workers outside McDonald's in Los Angeles, California May 15, 2014. The march was held as part of an international protest by fast-food workers who planned to go on strikes in 150 cities across the United States and demonstrations in 33 other countries on Thursday to demand higher pay and better working conditions.
A customer orders as protesters demonstrate at a McDonald's restaurant in Oakland, California May 15, 2014. U.S. fast-food workers went out on strike on Thursday, aiming to convince thousands of restaurants they make huge profits from paying them a pittance and that they deserve a raise.
Demonstrators protest in front of a McDonald's restaurant in Chicago, Illinois, May 15, 2014. U.S. fast food workers seeking higher wages plan strikes and demonstrations on Thursday that could affect thousands of restaurants across the country the workers say make huge profits from paying them workers a pittance.
Demonstrators protest in front of a McDonald's restaurant in Chicago, Illinois, May 15, 2014. U.S. fast food workers seeking higher wages plan strikes and demonstrations on Thursday that could affect thousands of restaurants across the country the workers say make huge profits from paying them workers a pittance.
Demonstrators protest in front of a McDonald's restaurant in Chicago, Illinois, May 15, 2014. U.S. fast food workers seeking higher wages plan strikes and demonstrations on Thursday that could affect thousands of restaurants across the country the workers say make huge profits from paying them workers a pittance.
A Mariachi band takes part in a protest in front of a McDonald's restaurant in Chicago, Illinois, May 15, 2014. U.S. fast food workers seeking higher wages plan strikes and demonstrations on Thursday that could affect thousands of restaurants across the country the workers say make huge profits from paying them workers a pittance.
Demonstrators protest in front of a McDonald's restaurant in Chicago, Illinois, May 15, 2014. U.S. fast food workers seeking higher wages plan strikes and demonstrations on Thursday that could affect thousands of restaurants across the country the workers say make huge profits from paying them workers a pittance.
Demonstrators protest in front of a McDonald's restaurant in Chicago, Illinois, May 15, 2014. U.S. fast food workers seeking higher wages plan strikes and demonstrations on Thursday that could affect thousands of restaurants across the country the workers say make huge profits from paying them workers a pittance.

More than 100 demonstrators seeking better pay for McDonald's workers were arrested on Wednesday as protesters swarmed the fast-food chain's corporate campus near Chicago demanding a minimum wage of $15 an hour and the right to unionize.

The protest against McDonald's Corp, the world's biggest restaurant operator by revenue, came a day before a shareholder vote on executive pay, including that of Chief Executive Don Thompson, who earned total compensation of $9.5 million in 2013.

Rallies by low-wage restaurant and retail workers have helped fuel a national debate on pay inequality at a time when many middle- to low-income Americans are struggling to make ends meet.

Jessica Davis, a 25-year-old McDonald's crew trainer with two children, said Thompson was earning his millions on the backs of working mothers and fathers.

"We need to show McDonald's that we're serious and that we're not backing down," said Davis, who earns $8.98 per hour at a Chicago McDonald's.

McDonald's, which is grappling with sagging U.S. sales and higher beef prices, does not disclose average pay for restaurant workers, most of whom work for franchisees.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 3.5 million fast-food and counter workers in the United States earn a median hourly wage of $8.83.

U.S. President Barack Obama has pushed Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour from $7.25. Washington, D.C. and 21 states have minimum wages higher than the federal minimum.

McDonald's spokeswoman Heidi Barker Sa Shekhem said the company and its franchisees were monitoring the minimum wage debate. "$15 is unrealistic, but we know that the minimum wage will increase over time," she said.

"It's time for the McDonald's Corporation ... to stop pretending that it can't boost pay for the people who make and serve their food," said Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), who was among those arrested at the protest in Oak Brook, Illinois. Organizers said 2,000 people turned out for the rally.

A recent report from New York think tank Demos found that the CEO-to-worker compensation ratio for the fast food industry was more than 1,000-to-1 in 2013.

Thus far, public pension fund managers from New York City, Connecticut and the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) have said they plan to vote against the McDonald's executive pay advisory measure at the company's annual meeting on Thursday.

Officials of the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) and the Florida State Board of Administration said they would vote in support of the measure.

Chipotle Mexican Grill shareholders on May 15 voted overwhelmingly against an advisory pay proposal from the burrito seller, which paid its co-CEOs nearly $50 million last year.

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