There is something really wrong with wages at McDonald’s – and no explanation will make as big an impact on you as a look at this paycheck from one worker.
The image was shared by Fight for $15, a campaign to raise support for a $15 minimum wage in the US – where the federal minimum wage remains a paltry $7.25. The accompanying text reads:
In case anyone was wondering what full-time wage at McDonald’s are like for a full year this is it. It’s worth adding that the average cost of a 1-bedroom apartment in the U.S. is $8,993.64-$11,410.92, or up to 82% of this entire year of work.
McDonald’s franchises across the US are forcing full time workers to take on extra jobs, or claim welfare – simply to keep their heads above water. It cannot be right that a person works full time only to remain in poverty, just because their employer refuses to compensate them commensurate with their contribution to company profits.
But while the millions of staff laboring away in McDonald’s outlets are paid peanuts, the company is happy to throw millions of dollars at the CEO who oversaw a 30% nosedive in profits.
McDonald’s fired CEO Don Thompson, then gifted him $3 million to consult for a year. It would take a McDonald’s fry cook 6,631 hours to make what Thompson will be paid in a single week of consulting.
But as Think Progress points out, the jig may finally be up for McDonald’s:
The company’s longstanding practice of using franchise agreements to limit corporate liability for labor violations at specific stores appears to be crumbling in the face of multiple lawsuits in America. Unions are asking the European Commission to investigate the company’s use of a tax haven in Luxembourg to allegedly deprive various European governments of a billion euros’ worth of tax payments in recent years. And in Brazil, the company may face massive fines stemming from a union lawsuit against the company’s largest franchisee over serious alleged violations of the country’s strong legal protections for workers.
The fight to increase the minimum wage is also gaining traction on a city-by-city, state-by-state basis, if not at federal level.
- San Francisco has agreed to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018
- Oakland backed a measure to raise it to $12.25.
- Seattle approved a minimum wage hike to $15 by 2021.
- Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota have all approved proposals to raise the minimum wage in November
Those states join 12 others and Washington, D.C., all of which have moved to raise their minimum wage – the tide is turning on exploitative employment. If a corporation is making healthy profits, it should be sharing them amongst the team that helped produce them.