Free Regular-Size Fries Offered to McDonalds Workers Instead of Wage Increase
OAK BROOK, IL — 2,100,000 U.S. McDonalds workers pushing for a living wage above the average of $7.50 an hour are being offered a once-a-week order of McDonalds “famous fries” but no pay raise.
“Ha. That works out to 4 fries a day…a half a fry for every hour of an 8-hour shift,” said Bonny Nault, a burger flipper at a Detroit McDonalds.
“You can’t pay the rent with 370 calories and 19 grams of fat,” she told MCNBC.
On the heels of more than 150 protesters being pepper-sprayed and arrested outside McDonalds headquarters where the annual shareholders’ meetings are taking place, business analysts anticipated the corporation would announce an increase in average hourly wages. At the very least they were predicting an offer of a Big Mac, fries and a soft drink.
“Our fries are super delicious,” Don Thompson, McDonalds CEO and President, told the Oak Brook Daily Herald in making the offer to employees.
“And they’re one serving of vegetables to keep our employees healthy and happy.”
With revenues exceeding $28 billion and more than 14,000 restaurants in the U.S. alone, McDonalds has resisted calls from employees and the public to increase employee hourly wages to at least the $10.10 level now guaranteed to employees of federal government contractors or the average of $15 an hour homeless panhandlers and bottle-pickers make in Manhattan.
“We’re lovin’ our workers but we simply can’t afford to pay them more,” said Thompson.
“It would add $1 to the cost of a Big Mac.”
“And don’t get me started on how much more you’d pay for a Filet O Fish.”
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