McDonald’s feels heat over low wages
McDonald’s hasn’t raised employees’ hourly wages across the board, but it has taken note of the growing protest movement against low pay. Its latest stock filing, for 2013, shows the fast-food giant views campaigns for higher pay as one of a number of “risk factors” it will have to contend with in the near future.
Along with sorting out how it will continue its popular dollar menu, the cheapest eats on offer at the chain restaurant, McDonald’s wrote in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that “the impact of (wage) campaigns by labor organizations and activists, including through the use of social media and other communications and applications,” could pose a threat to the global fast-food brand.
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I work at the drive-thru at McDonalds, and a guy bought a large sized 20 piece nugget meal for $10. Before he drove to the next window, he made sure to say, “This is a rip off.” (Not sure what prices are like anywhere else, but this is what this costs in Alaska.)
What really gets to me is that he is receiving his meal very fast and efficiently, and he doesn’t seem to be taking into account at all the fact that the prices are as low as they are partially due to the minimum wages we receive as employees. If they were to raise the wage for working at McDonald’s, then customers would have to pay a little bit more, but it would also mean that I might have a chance of finally saving money. (Or just get a different job if I can, which I may be doing very soon.)
Also, I consistently see becoming an employee for McDonalds advertised as this amazing step up a ladder of promotions and pay raises. I’ve been working there for almost two years and I am still just a crew member. It’s too easy to get overlooked in my opinion, especially when certain managers may lump all crew members into a lesser category of intelligence.
A rant, yes, but I feel like out of all the big companies I’ve ever worked for, McDonalds has been the least rewarding towards its employees.