"It's a PR stunt, and that stunt isn't going to pay my gas bill this month, or get my landlord off my back."
The student-led boycott will be launched at Ohio State University and will snowball over the coming months as dozens more universities adopt it.
"The Food Service Industry experiences the highest number of burns of any employment sector, about 12,000 each year."
McDonald's is one of the nation's largest low-wage employers, and its workers have been in the vanguard of the national movement for decent wages.
Fast food strikers and supporters danced in front of a Downtown Los Angeles McDonald's on December 2, chanting, "If we don't get it, shut it down!"
"USDA's plan will reduce the federal inspection process to a mere rubber stamp." The "USDA has pushed through its dirty chicken rule."
Supporters thanked those arrested for their commitment as they boarded the police wagon, recognizing that their wage increase would be a boost to all workers.
As they were taken away hundreds of supporters chanted "We want $15 and we want it now."
More than 20 workers were arrested outside a McDonald's in Chicago, where 450 demonstrated for several hours before marching onto Wabash Ave.
Fast food workers in cities across the United States are planning strikes and civil disobedience tomorrow, according to organizers.