Secure Better Wages for Fast Food Workers


Target: McDonald’s CEO Donald Thompson

Goal: Pay workers a wage high enough to support the average standard of living in America.

Recently, upon calling an employee hotline to discuss the possibility of a raise, a McDonald’s employee was told to apply for federal programs in order to make ends meet. The phone attendant for the McResources program recommended that a long-time employee turn to food stamps and medicaid in order to meet the bare necessities for her two children.

Nancy Salgado, an employee of over ten years, is paid $8.25 per hour,  hardly enough to cover basic family needs such as food and medical care. Like many McDonald’s employees, she lives below the poverty line and has not seen a raise since she has started. When she found herself rationing food and giving up her meals for her children, she called the McDonald’s employee help line.

The attendant suggested federally funded programs such as SNAP (food stamps) and Medicaid, rather than helping her achieve the goal of getting a raise. It is estimated that McDonald’s employees collectively receive 1.2 billion dollars of assistance money from the government. Annually, $7 billion is spent to make ends meet for fast food employees across the country, with 52% of all fast food employees using some form of government assistance.

The company makes billions of dollars a year in profits, while CEO Donald Thompson claims an annual salary of $13.7 million. Still, the vast majority of its American employees live below the poverty line, and are refused benefits and raises. Your signature on this petition will demand that McDonald’s pay their workers a fair wage, rather than referring them to taxpayer funded aid programs.


Dear McDonald’s CEO Donald Thompson,

Recently, when a longtime employee called the McResources help line to discuss financial burdens associates with low pay, she was referred to federal aid programs such as food stamps and Medicaid. Nancy Salgado has worked for McDonald’s for ten years and has not seen a raise from the $8.25 wage that she started with, despite the rising cost of living.

The majority of McDonald’s employees live below the poverty line, and are forced to apply for government aid in order to make ends meet. An estimated $1.2 billion per year is spent on taxpayer-funded aid for McDonald’s employees who cannot afford food, medical attention, and heating in their homes.

McDonald’s grosses billions of dollars worth of profits annually, while its employees are left to rely on aid programs. I demand that all McDonald’s employees receive a wage consistent with the cost of living in their countries.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Ian Britton via Creative Commons

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