Target: McDonald’s CEO, Donald Thompson
Goal: Get McDonald’s employees off government assistance
Popular fast food chain McDonald’s is yet again the center of employee wage controversy. The mega-corporation recently told a struggling employee asking for help that, rather than ask for a raise, she should seek government financial assistance while continuing to work at McDonald’s.
Nancy Salgado is a mother of two who has no health insurance and needs enough money to pay her bills and feed her children. Working at McDonalds for 10 years and still making the minimum $8.25 an hour, she called the McResources hotline to ask for financial assistance and the company directed to government financial assistance.
Although financial assistance could in theory help her, a person who has a job should not need financial assistance. McDonalds is one of the most profitable businesses in the world so there should be no reason that they cannot pay their hard working employees enough to pay their bills and feed their families.
By suggesting that employees use government assistance, the company is virtually suggesting that taxpayers should pay the employees more rather than the company itself paying the employees more. This is a low and unprofessional action that McDonalds has taken and they need to take the initiative to solve their employees financial issues rather than shove them aside.
Please sign the petition below to insist that McDonalds pay their employees enough to live by, so that taxpayers don’t have to.
Dear Donald Thompson,
Your recent suggestion that an employee seek government financial assistance rather than receive a raise is disappointing and immoral. This particular employee has worked at your company for 10 years now and still only makes the minimum $8.25 an hour. A mother of two children should not be making minimum wage and there is no excuse for not paying her adequately.
As one of the most profitable companies in the world, there is no reason why you should not be valuing your hardworking employees and paying them enough to live off of. Instead you think that it should be the taxpayers jobs to make sure that your employees have enough money. Government assistance is not ideally designed for people who are employees and your policies and suggestions are an abuse for the system.
We urge you to apologize for your inappropriate suggestion, and even more importantly, devise a policy to ensure that each and every one of your employees has the income they deserve and need to live comfortably.
[Your Name Here]
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