At 5:45 a.m., McDonald’s workers, protesters, and living wage advocates gathered in front of the McDonald’s (599 West 104th Ave.) near 104th avenue and I-25 in Northglenn. The protest demanded $15 an hour and the right to form a union without fear of retaliation. At 6:15 a.m., police cars drove by with their lights on but did not stop to break up the protest. “I’m here to support these workers,” explained one protester, “They deserve to get paid enough to pay their bills without having two or three other jobs.”
At 6:30 a.m., the group of around 100 or more protesters marched inside of the McDonald’s chanting, “No more burgers. No more fries. Make our wages super-sized.” The protesters filled the McDonald’s to capacity, temporarily shutting down the restaurant while chanting and cheering for higher wages alongside protesters and McDonald’s employees. The protest was supported by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Jobs With Justice, and the Colorado Progressive Coalition.
The rally in Northglenn was part of a nationwide strike deemed as a pre-Labor Day call for a living wage. The campaign for a living wage at fast-food restaurants “kicked off last November at fast-food restaurants in New York City.”