Target: McDonald’s CEO Donald Thompson
Goal: Raise the meager wages of fast food employees
Thousands of fast food employees all over the country mobilized to send the companies a loud message that they will no longer be exploited. Together they went on strike on July 29 2013 in potentially the largest protest of fast food workers in U.S. history. With powerful labor unions and clergy groups as allies, the protesters hope their strike will double their wages from $7.25 to $15 in order to obtain a more stable and livable income.
McDonalds provided a ‘budget calculator’ in the past to help employees plan their finances. Instead, the calculator revealed that living on a McDonald’s wage alone will cause the employee to be in debt due to real-life expenses. While Domino’s Vice President Tim McIntyre maintains that the company offers “tremendous upward mobility,” the statistics prove otherwise. Based on a study by the National Employment Law Project, “opportunities for advancement in the fast food industry are significantly limited compared to other industries: only 2.2 percent of jobs in the fast food industry as managerial, professional, or technical occupations, compared with 31 percent of jobs in the overall U.S. economy.” The largely non-unionized employees in the fast food industry are refused just compensation and job security.
By signing the petition below, you will hold fast food companies liable for the well-being and security of their employees. The workers’ movement, despite the goliath of corporations it faces, has the potential to bring forth much needed reforms for the employees. The strike could shame fast food corporations and bring the unjust treatment to mainstream attention.
Dear Mr. Thompson,
Fast food chains could not exist without the grueling work of your employees. Your promises of speedy meals would be impossible if not for them, yet you repeatedly exploit your employees with low wages, empty claims of upward job mobility, and little to no security. Thousands of fast food employees recently went on strike to say ‘enough is enough.’ The time has come to change this parasitic relationship and raise your employees’ wages so they can live in peace and dignity.
You claim that fast food positions are part-time and therefore do not need to be unionized or offer higher pay. However, many of your workers depend on these jobs to not only support themselves, but also their families. The ‘budget calculator’ you offered your employees only highlighted the extreme difficulties in sustaining a livelihood on the current fast food wages. This is a crucial opportunity for McDonald’s and the fast food industry to not only reform your image, but also to make the ethical decision by raising your employees’ wages.
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