Target: Donald Thompson, CEO of McDonald’s
Goal: Guarantee a fair wage to McDonald’s workers
Fast food and retail workers around the U.S. have been fighting to get a fair wage for their work. The CEO of McDonald’s made $9.5 million in 2013, and the company made $5.6 billion in profits. Meanwhile, the people doing the work in McDonald’s restaurants are making minimum wage and are unable to support themselves and their families. Workers are calling to establish a minimum wage of $15 an hour in their workplaces in order to allow them to make a living.
Many people believe that all fast food workers are teenagers trying to earn some extra spending money after school and can therefore be paid a low wage, but the average fast food worker is actually 28 years old, and 78% of fast food workers are the main earners for their families. The low wages force more than half of all fast food workers to rely on public assistance just to make ends meet. This means that companies like McDonald’s are essentially relying on American taxpayers to pay their workers instead of paying them a fair wage themselves.
$15 an hour is still not a living wage for an adult supporting one child, but it’s a start. Please sign below and make it clear to McDonald’s that it is the company’s job to properly compensate their employees for their work, and that you support the workers’ right to earn a fair wage to support themselves and their families.
Dear Mr. Thomson,
I am writing to you to express my support of the McDonald’s workers who have been fighting to be paid fairly for their work. With 78% of fast food workers being the main earners for their families, minimum wage just isn’t going to cut it. I ask you to respect the workers’ call and raise the minimum wage at McDonald’s to $15 an hour.
McDonald’s has the opportunity to be a leader among fast food chains and offer employees fair pay for their work. If you respect and value your own restaurants, you should compensate the employees who keep those restaurants working in a more dignified manner. You personally made $9.5 million in 2013, which is more than 620 times what a full-time minimum wage earner in McDonald’s would make, so $15 an hour really doesn’t seem like much. It is still not a living wage for an adult supporting one child, but it will allow more of your workers to make ends meet without having to rely on public assistance.
I ask that you comply with your employees’ demand and raise the minimum wage for all McDonald’s workers to $15 an hour.
[Your Name Here]
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