After Disney, Amazon wage hikes, Bernie Sanders targets McDonald's
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) is taking aim at McDonald’s after Amazon announced this week that it would raise its companywide minimum wage to $15 per hour, following months of pressure from Sanders and other progressives.
In a letter to McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook, Sanders points to conversations he has had with company employees who he says struggle to make ends meet while working full-time for the fast food giant.
“Today McDonald’s pays wages that are so low many of its workers need Food Stamps, Medicaid, and public housing to survive,” Sanders wrote in the letter. “According to one study, the U.S. taxpayer is subsidizing the low pay at McDonald’s to the tune of $1.2 billion a year. In my view that is unacceptable.”
Sanders added that as a leader of the fast food industry, McDonald’s could set an example for other chains by being the first major chain to raise wages to $15 per hour companywide. He added that the chain also must do more to respect employees’ demands for a union.
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