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As McDonald's Announces Corporate Shake-Up, Low-Wage Workers Vow to Rise Up


As McDonald's Announces Corporate Shake-Up, Low-Wage Workers Vow to Rise Up

Deirdre Fulton, staff writer


I read about this earlier today and there was no mention of how existing employees would be treated other than middle level managers being eliminated in the downsizing. Who, then, will make key on-site decisions? When you don’t mention employees in your conversation, you show disrespect to your employees. I see business as usual at McDonald’s. If you don’t treat your employees with respect, I sincerely hope your business goes down. Good bye!


Every time I look at the sub-culture of stock investment having been so studiously dissociated from social conscience and empathy - including recognizing the social aspects of relating to a planet as living entity; the wink and the nod, the plausible deniability, the fantasy sales pitch, the addictive crap gift ploys, just so long as the profits flow, I see a model that attracts the least evolved amongst us, a knuckle dragging narcissism by which the future generations are hailed - or hailed upon - the social version of climate chaos.


Profits and an ever bigger stocks rises are factors that dehumanize the participants of this casino economy. They just can’t see anything but bigger returns on investment irrespective of how those profits are realized. This can happen to seemingly decent everyday human beings


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Just in time production by just in time workers, equals people too beat up to consume and economic collapse. Or slavery.


There is no intelligence in capitalists. Only lizard brain greed and gluttony.


They are picketing the wrong people, should go to congress. The trouble is not Mac Do, but that the minimum wage is low enough so that workers can qualify for government subsidies. Time to stop subsidizing mass hirers, if they go under I will miss my fries, but really, was it in the governments interest or even the public’s to subsidize restaurants? (without government handouts nobody can work for long at minimum)


In the battle of capital vs. labor, capital has won. Which, in the long run, means lower wages and many, many less service jobs. Imagine robots manning the registers at McDonalds in 5 years. Of course, capital will have to ultimately answer to all of those people mired in exploitative low-wage situations. Then we all lose.


Very well said.


I only patronize local family-owned restaurants that treat their employees well and have very low turnover. I don’t understand the failure of consumers to consider the implications of eating food prepared out of sight by dehumanized, disgruntled workers.


Ignoring the crap food-like substance McDonald’s serves that spreads obesity and diabetes throughout our country, I find their clean washrooms and free wifi to be the only things that I use when traveling far from home.

McDonalds is trapped in the Wall Street Gambling Casinos Conundrum of “ever rising stock prices or else” game. Low wages is a big part of that Wall Street game. Profits to the 1% - government welfare to the employees. This is part of America going insane.
God Bless America Inc.


American consumers don’t understand many things. Just look at the stampede over fallen bodies at Wall Mart during Black Friday before Christmas (the birth of Jesus).


I was a capitalist who owned several small businesses. I was in business to make money and support my family. I treated my customers as friends and I paid my employees what I could afford which was way above poverty wages. Don’t make blanket statements. What you are calling capitalists are actually international corporations listed on Wall Street that have no moral or legal obligation to the community they are located or to the planet they operate on. They buy our government to continue their immoral behavior.


As a much younger person, I did time at McDonald’s - from 1980 thru 1985. I worked for a franchise holder; he was a top-ranked owner
in the western suburbs of Chicago. 5 stores; all the cleanest and most efficient in the area. This owner hired very good managers, and employed (at the time)
a very good supervisor - who essentially managed the operation. We were often selected to test new equipment, and employees at our
stores trained managers from places like Spain and Hong Kong. High schoolers were most of the staff, but, in the suburbs, the stores needed people who could
work days, and that meant adults. The “day people” were paid a little better, and didn’t have to work weekends, if we didn’t want to. I was 26, and ended up not only working all stations, including the registers and drive-thru. There was a core of people such as myself who also trained new hires, as well as demonstrated new equipment to corporate managers. In late 1984, our owner could no longer expand in the area he had been operating. He was offered a chance to move
to the Phoenix/Scottsdale market, which offered 5 stores, with possible expansion to as many as 12. He took the offer, along with several managers and his supervisor. They’re still out there, and doing very nicely. Those who stayed became “McOpCo” employees. The environment changed quickly, and not
for the better. McOpCo managers were experienced, to be sure, but most of them were no of the same caliber as our franchise managers. Day-to-day operations changed as well. In December of 1985, I found a better job - at a local bank - and left McDonald’s. People are told that franchise owner/operators are really independent business people, but that’s not exactly true. McDonald’s holds a very tight leash - on managers as well as regular workers. While franchisees do have a lot of discretion, the business itself must be operated with the parameters of McDonald’s - including the corporate culture. It’s a top - down operation, and once an employee reaches a certain plateau, the job gets pretty good. Still, though, someone is always above, or next to, an employee. At the bottom of the
company, it can be rough. At our store, our manager was, at the time, engaged to the son of the President of the company. Her future was golden. When I left McDonald’s, we were haggling over a nickel - a 5 cent raise - but McOpCo wouldn’t pay me more than $4.95, so I left. I was still living at home, so the bank teller gig was a pretty good step up. Even though I’m a college dropout, I was able to capitalize on a few opportunities, and did alright. These days, adults and kids have many more responsibilities than I had. $15.00 an hour, were I live, in Du Page County, is good, but the cost of living is about $20.00 an hour. Not many of
us are able to vote with our feet. And, not everyone who works in retail jobs is a kid working part time anymore. Be careful who, or whom, you vote for.