On an average day, the reason you can’t find McFlurry at McDonald’s is because their ice cream machine is “under maintenance”. Today, however, there may not be any employees around to operate the machine. McDonald’s strike is underway in fifteen cities in the US – a McStrike, if you will, if that drive-through line is moving slower than normal, you can blame the fast food chain’s low wages.
We believe that you can also accuse striking employees of daring to demand higher salaries. But maybe we should see what is going on before we start blaming this whole “Where’s My McFlurry” business? Yes, let’s do that. Let’s see what’s up with this McDonald’s strike – and does it come with fries?
How much your local McDonald’s pay will depend on where you live, but let’s start with the current federal minimum wage of $ 7.25 per hour. This adds up to $ 13,920 per year for a full-time McDonald’s employee – before taxes. Now, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, that amount you do not get a two-bedroom apartment anywhere in the country.
But what about a one-bedroom apartment? Oh, that you can afford. . . 5% of US counties – again, according to NLIHC. Once upon a time, the federal minimum wage has increased according to inflation, so you won’t see such figures, but it stopped long ago. For reference, if the minimum wage keeps up with inflation, it is estimated that it would be $ 24 per hour today.
McDonald’s employees are on strike today, although they are not demanding $ 24 an hour. They are demanding $ 15 an hour – a battle in which they have been embroiled since 2012. That’s when the $ 15 movement started, demanding $ 15 minimum wage and union rights. Today the movement is spread over more than 300 cities across six continents, and McDonald’s has been elected on 19 May 2021 to listen to their demands.
Now, as we said before, some McDonald’s pay more than others. But no McDonald’s pays $ 15 an hour. So McStrike operates in Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, Miami, Tampa, Orlando, Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City, St. Louis, Houston, Milwaukee and other cities. But even in places that are not affected by the strike, McDonald’s is having trouble with (or rather, because of) the amount paid by employees at its stores. Is not Paying).
In some locations at McDonald’s, the situation is so grim that stores are getting creative about how they attract new employees. abstract Reports that the owner of sixty McDonald’s franchisees in Florida offered $ 50 to anyone who came to interview for the job. And there was a store in Fayetteville, North Carolina that gave new employees a sweet $ 500 sign-on bonus.
But what is the official McDonald’s response to all this? According to The vice president, McDonald’s USA issued the following statement: “Our first responsibility is to the hardworking restaurant crew, and we honor and appreciate their dedication to serving millions of customers every day.” This is a good start. . . .
The statement goes on: “It is the responsibility of the federal and local government to set the minimum wage, and we are open to negotiation so that any change can meet the needs of thousands of hardworking restaurant employees and 2,000 McDonald’s independent owners / operators who run small businesses. Huh. .” Oh no.
On the other hand, Fight for $ 15 posted a tweet a few days ago in which the problem was attacked from a different angle: “No reason for McDonald’s to drag its feet about raising all our salaries to $ 15 an hour.” Is. They made about $ 5 billion in profits last year. They’ll be fine, we’re struggling. “
The McDonald’s strike is strategically deployed a day before the company’s annual shareholder meeting. Will McDonald’s change its tune after its shareholders assess the situation tomorrow? Or will McFlurry be subject to machine maintenance, so to speak? We’ll find out soon.