Chicago Farmworker advocates crowded the sidewalk outside McDonald's flagship restaurant Saturday, demanding better wages for the people who pick the tomatoes used by the fast-food giant.
Police officers kept the drive-thru open at the busy downtown intersection as several hundred protesters pounded on drums and held signs that read 'I'm Not Lovin' It' - a play on McDonald's advertising slogan.
Rolando Sales, 26, said workers who must fill 125 buckets to make $50 a day are being exploited so that McDonald's can purchase tomatoes at a low price.
The rally was organized by the Florida-based Coalition of Immokalee Workers, which represents the largely Hispanic work force.
The coalition is urging consumers to pressure Oak Brook, Ill.-based McDonald's Corp. to support a campaign to boost wages for more than 3,000 Florida pickers. They're proposing a penny per pound increase in pay.
A McDonald's spokeswoman said Saturday the company was aware of the coalition's issues and had contracted an independent research group to study the farmworkers' conditions and the potential impact of their proposal.