McDonald’s cooks and cashiers staged a day-long strike in Los Angeles on Wednesday to demand a minimum wage of $ 15 an hour in all locations and to protest the company’s alleged failure to protect workers from sexual harassment, violence in the workplace and exposure to COVID-19.
The workers, who are part of the Fight for $ 15 movement, left his job in 15 US cities, including Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, Miami, Tampa and Orlando, among others.
The Los Angeles strike took place at a McDonald’s at 1311 Washington Blvd.
Rosa Calderon, a cook at a McDonald’s in Santa Clarita, said her pay was recently increased to $ 15 an hour, but she was working fewer hours.
“They cut a lot of hours for the workers, but they still racked up double duties for the other employees,” she said. “This has to change. We need to have fair hours. “
Pay raises at company-owned establishments
Last week, McDonald’s announced wage increases for the more than 36,000 employees working in the 650 establishments owned by the company. But 95% of McDonald’s restaurants, or nearly 14,000 locations, are franchise restaurants that have yet to raise the minimum wage.
In a May 13 statement, MacDonald’s said it would increase hourly wages at company-owned restaurants by an average of 10%.
“These increases, which have already started, will be rolled out over the next few months and will include moving from the entry-level crew range to at least $ 11- $ 17 an hour, and the starting range for team leaders at least $ 15 to $ 20 per hour. time based on the location of the restaurant, ”the company said.
McDonald’s expects the average hourly wage at its company-owned restaurants to increase to $ 15 an hour on a phased, market-by-market basis.
In some areas of Southern California, like Los Angeles and unincorporated areas of LA County, the minimum wage is already $ 15 an hour.
Workers noted that Costco, Amazon, Starbucks and Target have already increased their base wages to $ 15 an hour, knowing that higher wages are good for workers and good for business.
Support twin bills
Employees are urging state lawmakers to pass two bills aimed at helping essential low-wage workers and communities of color that have been hit hardest by the pandemic.
Assembly Bill 257 Create a fast food sector council that would include worker voices in setting industry-wide safety and employment standards, and hold companies like McDonald’s accountable for protecting workers.
AB 1177 would create a financial services platform to bridge the growing racial wealth gap fueled by the exclusion of low-wage communities of color from basic banking services.
McDonald’s said it would regularly assess periodic adjustments to wages and benefits to stay competitive and meet the needs of its workers.
Improved security protocols
The fast food restaurant chain said it has implemented more than 50 enhanced COVID-19 protection measures during the pandemic, including increased cleaning and disinfection, universal masking, protective barriers, seamless operations contact and daily checks of temperature and employee well-being.
Employees at McDonald’s corporate restaurants affected by COVID-19 receive two weeks of paid time off, the company said, and that provides four hours of paid time for staff at U.S. restaurants at McDonald’s who receive the vaccine.
Global brand standards
Last month, McDonald’s also introduced global brand standards, which aim to prevent harassment, discrimination, retaliation and violence in the workplace, while welcoming employee feedback and promoting health and safety.
The 39,000 McDonald’s restaurants, owned by the company and franchisees, in more than 100 countries will be required to meet the standards, the company said.