McDonald's defending how much it pays its workers

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - McDonald's is defending how much it pays its workers.

More than 100 people were arrested on Thursday while protesting for higher wages in front of the companies headquarters outside Chicago.

As part of the nationwide debate over the minimum wage, fast food workers want a pay raise to 15 dollars an hour.

McDonald's top executive, Don Thompson, defended the company's record on worker pay saying," We pay fair, competitive wages...and we provide job opportunities and training for those entering the work force. We're trying to be a really great employer."

The McDonald's CEO also denied his company has a "predatory" focus on marketing towards children.

"We do have values at McDonald's and all of us are parents," said CEO Don Thompson."So for those who have challenges with our menus or the choices, we'd love to hear the feedback, and we'll do everything we can to try to address those as we look at the menu pipeline and portfolio."

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