Target: CEO of McDonald’s Steve Easterbrook
Goal: Applaud the efforts to improve pay for McDonald’s employees that has resulted in wages being raised by $1 an hour.
McDonald’s has been in hot water the past few years as the public has rallied for the hugely profitable business to provide a proper living wage for its employees. Thanks in part to petitions like ForceChange’s Demand McDonald’s Take Care of Employees, the company recently announced that it will raise wages and offer new employee benefits for 90,000 employees in the 1,500 outlets in the United States that are owned and operated by the corporation.
Critics of the mega corporation argued that because the company is one of the most profitable businesses in the world, it has no reason that it cannot provide pay higher than the minimum wage. Even employees who had been with the company for years were only making minimum wage. Now, both full- and part-time employees who have been with the company for a year or more will be eligible for paid time off. The company is also expanding programs that assist employees in getting high school and college degrees.
Although McDonald’s said part of the reason it needed to raise wages was so that it could remain competitive in the job market, this is still a positive step toward ensuring better welfare for workers. Hopefully other companies will follow suit so that more people are paid a living wage and don’t have to struggle to survive even though they’re working long and hard hours week in and week out. By signing this petition, you will help to applaud our community’s effort in making a positive change in the lives of thousands of workers.
Dear Mr. Easterbrook,
McDonald’s has been under fire in recent years because of the unjust treatment of its hardworking employees. It was reported that McDonald’s told a veteran employee of 10 years that she should stop complaining about her low wages and go get government assistance. When a company is so profitable that its owners are incredibly rich, there is no excuse for not paying employees enough to survive.
Thanks to the efforts of the ForceChange community, we have forced a positive change that will improve the lives of thousands of McDonald’s workers across the United States. McDonald’s recently announced that it will raise wages and offer new employee benefits for 90,000 employees in the 1,500 outlets in the United States that are owned and operated by the corporation. Also, both full- and part-time employees who have been with the company for a year or more will be eligible for paid time off, and the company is expanding funding toward programs that assist employees in getting high school and college degrees. Thank you for working to better the lives of your employees.
[Your Name Here]
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