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Low-wage worker speak out

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Following up on a strike by hundreds of fast food workers here last month [2], McDonalds’ workers will show up at McDonald’s annual shareholders meeting Thursday in Oak Brook to demand a $15-an-hour wage and the right to organize without fear of retaliation.

They’ll rally at the Rock-n-Roll McDonald.s, 600 N. Clark, at 6 a.m. and take buses to McDonald’s corporate headquarters, where they’ll rally again at 8 a.m.

Temporary workers

Meanwhile, the efforts of the Chicago Workers Collaborative [3] to expose the exploitative and discriminatory role of underground labor brokers known as raiteros, supplying workers for temporary staffing agencies and charging steep transportation fees, has been featured recently by Pro Publica [4] and Marketplace [5].

Staffing workers and their supporters will present a proposal for basic labor standards to staffing agency owners on Thursday, May 23, at 10:30 a.m., at 1400 W. Hubbard.