More than 50 protesters filled three District of Columbia McDonald’s restaurant locations urging managers to give employees a voice on the job and a living wage. The protest was warmly received by employees at Tenleytown, Cleveland Park and Howard University fast-food outlets. McDonald’s is a national leader in low-wage pay as it earned more than $546 billion and paid its CEO $13.45 million in 2012. The federal minimum wage hasn’t been raised in four years. The protest comes as a new National Employment Law Project poll finds the majority of Americans believe raising the minimum wage should be a congressional priority. The action ended on Capitol Hill where lawmakers called for passage of the “Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013.” which would raise the minimum wage to 10.10 per hour.
Press Conference in Order of Appearance
1) Rep. George Miller (D-CA)
2) Rep.Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY)
3) Lucila Ramirez (Union Station Janitor)