McDonald's: Give Tyree Johnson a raise

Tyree Johnson is a 20-year employee at McDonald’s. 20 years at a company used to mean a pension and a track towards a gold watch. But at McDonald's, it means that Tyree is still working minimum wage, and is not allowed to work full-time or get the worker protections that come with it, so he has to work at two restaurants just to survive.

Meanwhile, as Tyree tries to live off of $8.25 an hour in Chicago, McDonald’s CEO made $8.75 million last year. Tyree would have to work 24 hours a day for more than a century to make that much. Despite two decades of loyalty -- giving up nearly most of his life to McDonald’s -- Tyree has nothing more to show for his hard work than if he had walked in yesterday.

Since the recovery began in 2009, the fast food industry has added jobs at twice the rate of the national average, and profits have been soaring. Companies like McDonald’s wring out profits from their workers, keeping them grounded on near-poverty wages, zero benefits, and no job protection. Fast food jobs have soared during the recession as older workers, desperate for an income, have taken up jobs with companies like McDonald's, and McDonald's has taken advantage of their desperation. This isn't the only way McDonld's has been humiliating its workers. This Christmas, the company shamelessly pushed its restaurants to stay open for the holiday, and refused to pay its workers overtime for their work on Christmas Day.

McDonald’s takes the money it squeezes from its workers and funnels it to shareholders -- just recently, McDonald's announced that it would increase shareholder dividends by ten percent, rewarding Wall Street while continuing to punish its own hard-working employees. We are asking for a raise for one man, but we are highlighting the obscene treatment of workers, forcing McDonald’s to face the absurd disparity of its organization.

McDonald’s: Treat your workers with respect, and start by giving Tyree Johnson the raise he deserves.

 

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Further reading:

Bloomberg: McDonald’s $8.25 Man and $8.75 Million CEO Shows Pay Gap, 12 December, 2012

 

Tyree Johnson is a 20-year employee at McDonald’s. 20 years at a company used to mean a pension and a track towards a gold watch. But at McDonald's, it means that Tyree is still working minimum wage, and is not allowed to work full-time or get the worker protections that come with it, so he has to work at two restaurants just to survive.

Meanwhile, as Tyree tries to live off of $8.25 an hour in Chicago, McDonald’s CEO made $8.75 million last year. Tyree would have to work 24 hours a day for more than a century to make that much. Despite two decades of loyalty -- giving up nearly most of his life to McDonald’s -- Tyree has nothing more to show for his hard work than if he had walked in yesterday.

McDonald’s: It's been 20 years -- give Tyree Johnson a raise.

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