Tell McDonald’s That Child Care Counts
  • Petitioned CEO Donald Thompson

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CEO Donald Thompson

Tell McDonald’s That Child Care Counts

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      Ms. Foundation for Women

Naked and freezing.

That’s how you’d end up under the sample budget McDonald’s put together to help its low-wage employees with financial planning. With no line items for things like clothing, heat or gas, it’s clear that McDonald’s employees earning minimum wage can’t make ends meet, even with the second income suggested.

Also noticeably absent is an allotment for child care. Given that two-thirds of fast-food workers are women and almost one-third of minimum-wage earners are raising children, it’s likely that a significant number of McDonald’s employees require child care services.

If executives at McDonald’s truly want to provide workers with the resources to effectively manage their budgets, they must commit to paying all their employees a living wage. Creating impractical budgeting guides is not just insulting; it’s also a waste of money that would be better dedicated to tangibly improving employees’ lives.

McDonald’s is a worldwide leader of the fast-food industry. It’s time for them to raise the standards for low-wage employees.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Christine maze SPRING, TX
      • 10 months ago

      Im currently employed by mcdonalds and have a eight month old daughter. I cant afford to support my child and myself. Also, i dont recieve hazard pay and work the overnight shift. i dont believe its fair since the risk is greater. i was working 5 days a week and was cut to 3. I have told them if they cant increase my hours ill have to go somewhere else but have yet to hear back

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 11 months ago

      The engine of my entire action is justice. Anything else would be a missed life for me. (Alice Schwarzer)

    • Christopher Garner DETROIT, MI
      • about 1 year ago

      People deserve to the right to have a home and be able to raise a family if they are hardworking. The Mcdonald's corporation is not being fair to the employees that keep the company a powerhouse in the fast food industry. If the average worker can make enough to maintain a house an feed their children they would not need to go to the state for assistance and that would help bring the economy back. I don't work for the company but right is right and wrong is wrong!!

    • Dr. Anne Wiley GILL, MA
      • about 1 year ago

      Because 1/5 children in the US go to bed hungry. Paying a living wage to all workers is paramount to ensuring children have enough to eat.

    • Joan Scoggin JOLIET, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      At the cost of child care today, putting one child in day care would consume almost the entire paycheck of a full time worker at minimum wage. You all are incredibly out of touch with the insulting budget you proposed - $20 for health care? Really? I pay $475/mo for myself, and that's with a 1500 deductible. I am reminded of when Geo. Bush Sr. did not know how much a gallon of milk cost - he was so out of touch. So are you.


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