Striking For Better Wages at McDonald’s

Fast food workers around the country are striking today, calling for the federal minimum wage to be increased to $15.

Over at the Guardian, Laurentina, who is a mother of four and has been a McDonald’s employee for five years, is answering questions from readers today. She talks about her typical day, her managers, her struggle for work-life balance, and getting by on part-time work:

They are always checking that you never make 40 hours. I typically make between 25 and 30 hours a week. They often stop you at 38 hours a week. It’s really hard with my kids. I know I could get two jobs, but then would I be able to raise my kids? Would I be able to give them enough attention? By the time I’m out of work, they are out of school, but I still try to spend time with them. it’s hard.

We don’t get healthcare benefits. We are now thrown into the healthcare market. McDonald’s just gave us a litle card – “how to navigate the health market”. I am hoping to find time to look it up. Mcdonald’s has been providing info where we eat on posters and stuff.

For our break, we get one free meal from McDonald’s. We do get discounts on McDonald’s meals on our days off. They provide uniforms for us, and every 6 months we get shoes from them to work there.

Photo: Annette Bernhardt

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5 Comments / Post A Comment

Eric18 (#4,486)

Won’t this just hurt the franchise owners? Shouldn’t we be focused on creating permanent jobs that can provide a living wage? Rather than try to raise the wage for non-skilled jobs that weren’t supposed to be permanent in the first place?

Meaghano (#529)

@Eric18 Well “we” can focus on that but in the meantime it seems like the focus for people working at McDonald’s is to make enough money to live.

Eric18 (#4,486)

@Meaghano Um, everyone’s focus in some way is to make enough money to live. The problem with your line of thinking is you miss the forest for the trees, or as we say in the military, you focus on the 50 meter target, when you should be focused on the 300 meter one. Developing sustainable jobs that are meant to provide a living wage should not just be the focus of “us.” It should also be the focus of the people who those jobs will go to.

Meaghano (#529)

@Eric18 I’m not missing shit! I think we probably just have some divergent economic / political viewpoints :)

plenarilypillory (#5,270)

@Meaghano If the problem is the pronoun, the pronoun may be disregarded or the sentence interpreted to reach the substance of statement, i.e. “Shouldn’t the focus be on creating permanent jobs…?” There. Now you can have an actual discussion about the issues, eh?

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