‘We Will Win’: McDonald’s Worker Protests Stretch Into Second Day

At company’s annual shareholder meeting, activists deliver higher pay petition signed by 1.4 million Americans By Deirdre Fulton ,Common Dreams – Less than 24 hours after 5,000 workers marched on McDonald’s corporate headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, the fast food giant’s cooks and cashiers returned on Thursday morning to bring their call for $15 an hour and union rights directly to the company’s shareholders at their annual meeting. Chanting “We believe that we will win” and “We want change and we don’t mean pennies,” an estimated 3,000 workers gathered for the second day of protests on Thursday. A handful of those worker-activists — wearing their company uniforms — were permitted through a barricade in order to deliver a petition, bearing 1.4 million signatures, that calls on McDonald’s to “pay your people enough to survive.” “It’s impossible to provide any stability for my son on the $7.50 an hour McDonald’s pays me,” said 22-year-old Safiyyah Cotton,...

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Decrying Corporate Greed, McDonald’s Cooks and Cashiers Confront Shareholders

“Workers are rightly bringing the fight for $15 an hour and the right to form a union to their employer’s doorstep” By Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams – Calling for higher wages and fairer treatment, McDonald’s cooks and cashiers will gather with progressive leaders on Wednesday and Thursday for large protests outside the company’s shareholder meeting in Oak Brook, Illinois. The two-day demonstration comes in the aftermath of the largest strike to hit the fast-food industry—a 236-city walkout that included strikes and protests in 40 countries and 100 cities around the globe, from Amsterdam to Zurich — and just one day after the Los Angeles city council overwhelmingly passed its own minimum wage hike. On Monday, Common Dreams reported that the fast food giant, which is struggling in the face of slumping sales, said it would ban all media from the corporate event—a move that union leaders called “extremely shocking and troubling.”...

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New York Church Challenging Walmart’s Sales of High-capacity Gun Magazines

By Jen Hayden, Daily Kos – New York City’s Trinity Church, one of the wealthiest churches in the world with over $2 billion in real estate holdings, is taking on Walmart by using their status as a shareholder. The church’s rector, Rev. Dr. James Cooper, says he isn’t seeking a ban on the sale of assault weapons at Walmart. Rather, he’s fighting to force the world’s largest retailer to include a shareholder proposal in this April’s proxy materials, to be voted on at this summer’s annual meeting. Trinity’s proposal would require Walmart’s board to oversee the sale of “products that especially endanger public safety and well-being, risk impairing the company’s reputation, or offend the family and community values integral to the company’s brand,” as the document first filed with the Security and Exchange Commission last year reads. The action to move Walmart to more oversight was taken after parishioners expressed...

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BP Shareholders Urge Oil Giant to Face Up to Climate Risks

By Stefanie Spear, EcoWatch – A coalition of more than 150 BP shareholders, including Church of England and the UK’s Environment Agency, filed a resolution today requiring the company to assess and manage its climate risk. In the resolution, shareholders are asking the oil giant to no longer reward climate-harming activities, stress-test its business model against the requirement to limit greenhouse gas emissions in accordance to the UN Climate Change Conference in 2010, and commit to reducing its carbon emissions and investing in renewable energy. The resolution will be voted on at BP’s 2015 annual general meeting in April. The same group filed an identical resolution with Shell last month putting increased pressure on Big Oil to act now to mitigate climate risks. The BP resolution was orchestrated by co-filers ClientEarth and ShareAction. “Climate change is a major business risk,” said ClientEarth CEO James Thornton who helped to orchestrate the resolution. “BP and Shell hold our financial and environmental future in their hands....

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