McDonald’s likes to make you think that they are always looking for ways to help their workers. That’s why they created the handy McBudget tool, which helped workers “make ends meet” without factoring in things like food, medical costs, or heat — all while assuming that their employees were working a second job.
To add insult to injury, McDonald’s is now promoting a 1-800 “McResource Line” for workers who need help. Do they offer workers raises or health benefits when they call about their problems making ends meet? No such luck. Watch what happened when Nancy, a McDonald’s employee and mother of 2 in Chicago called the McResources hotline:
This comes just a week after researchers at Berkeley showed that fast-food companies’ low wages shift nearly $7 billion in public assistance a year onto taxpayers, with McDonald’s accounting for $1.2 billion of that hidden cost.
Designed for employees who need financial, housing, childcare or other help, McResources operators actually direct those who call to apply for public assistance like food stamps and Medicaid.
Rather than paying their workers a living wage, McDonald’s relies on taxpayers to pick up the slack.
That’s one of many reasons that fast food workers are joining together nation wide to raise awareness about the impact of low wages in the community. Join the nationwide fight for higher wages at LowPayisNotOK.org