Cleveland area homecare workers were scheduled to participate in the national "March on McDonald's" for a $15 minimum wage today in Chicago, according to the health workers' union.
On Wednesday, the homecare workers will demonstrate outside of the fast-food giant's shareholders' meeting in suburban Chicago.
Fight for $15 and the national Service Employees International Union (SEIU) are among the organizers of Tuesday's march and Wednesday's protest outside of the annual meeting at the company's headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois.
Organizers say they expect the two days of demonstrations "to be the biggest-ever protest to hit the fast-food giant." Organizers are expecting 10,000 protesters.
Wilson, who makes $8.50 an hour after 25 years in the field, said it is important for homecare workers to show solidarity with fast-food workers because both face the same dismal economic plight of most low-wage workers.
"We have to remember that McDonald's isn't just (a job) for teenagers anymore," she said. "It is hard-working moms and fathers working two jobs - and they still can't pay their bills!"
The march was scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Trump Tower Chicago (officially known as Trump International Hotel and Tower) and end at the Rock N Roll McDonald's, which is one of the chain's busiest restaurants.
"We are going to Chicago to protest at Donald Trump's tower because of corporate greed," Wilson said. "The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.
"Then the next day (at 9 a.m.) we're going to go down to McDonald's headquarters to remind them that we are not going to go away. We are going to keep on coming up with strategies to win."
Wilson said while the protests specifically target McDonald's, the sentiments raised are directed at any employer paying less than a $15 minimum wage. She said protesting will strengthen her resolve to fight for a $15 minimum wage in Ohio. She was part of the effort to get a $15 minimum wage on the Cleveland ballot. Supporters ended the push for the wage hike after the General Assembly passed a bill banning municipalities from setting individual minimum wages.
"We probably need to go statewide," Wilson said of raising Ohio's minimum wage, which is currently $8.15. "I am praying that we have the means to do that."
She said homecare workers should make at least $15 because they are responsible for taking care of people who cannot care for themselves. Wilson said she and her husband, who is on disability, find it difficult to make ends meet.
"I don't know how they expect us to live off of $8.50 an hour or less," Wilson said. "We rob Peter to pay Paul all the time.
"And then there are the single mothers, who have to make the decision whether to pay the light bill or put gas in the car to go to work."
Anthony Caldwell, director of public affairs for the regional SEIU 1199, which includes Ohio, said other participating groups in the "March on McDonald's" include the Women's March, Our Revolution, which evolved from Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign; the Movement for Black Lives, MoveOn.org, Color of Change and NextGen.
"This will be the convergence of a lot of social and economic justice groups, combining with the Fight for $15, for a very large mobilization," he said.