Wage theft is still happening and is on the rise. Why we are striking again.

To: McDonald's Corporation

Wage theft is still happening and is on the rise. Why we are striking again.
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Campaign created by Amanda Weninghoff


I call on McDonald's to pay all employees the wage they deserve – and ensure that no employee is having their pay withheld illegally. No one deserves to be robbed by their boss – it’s time to make sure every McDonald’s employee receives the legal wage they deserve.

Why is this important?

My name is Amanda Weninghoff and I work at McDonald’s in Kansas City, MO.

You probably know that McDonald’s and other fast food chains don’t pay us enough to make ends meet. You know what’s worse? When they STEAL from us on top of that.

They call it wage theft but I call it getting robbed on the job when we are forced to work off the clock or denied breaks during long shifts.

When I was living out of my car in the parking lot of the very McDonald's where I worked, I was also a victim of wage theft. It's so infuriating to see it’s happening to other workers across the country, but it's not surprising.

A new poll reports that 89% of fast food workers say it happens to them. How many fall short on paying rent or at the grocery store because they weren’t paid overtime or were made to work off the clock? Even one is too many.

If we stole $20 from the cash register, we’d be fired and our employers would not hesitate to call the cops. If McDonald’s and the other big chains steal thousands from their employees, they get away with it and corporate executives might even see a bonus.

That’s why workers in New York, California, and Michigan brought lawsuits against McDonald’s – charging they have been forced to work hours off the clock and been refused overtime. Illegal pay practices abound in the fast food business – and they can mean the difference in keeping food on the table for our families.

Two brave whistleblowers have come forward to tell the truth about wage theft at McDonald’s. These former managers have a lot to say about the pressure to keep labor costs low and who, ultimately pays the price; workers like me.

Illegal pay practices abound in the fast food business – and they can mean the difference in keeping food on the table for our families.

On March 13, workers at restaurants in New York, California, and Michigan brought lawsuits against McDonald’s and franchisees against illegal pay practices. From forcing employees to work off the clock, to denying breaks, to cutting overtime pay, withholding pay makes it all the harder for fast food workers to pay their rent and care for their children. No one deserves to be robbed by their boss – it’s time to make sure every McDonald’s employee receives the legal wage they deserve.

Help us send McDonald's a message that they can’t ignore. Let them know you have our backs.

Sources:

The New York Times: "Fast-Food Workers Seeking $15 Wage Are Planning Civil Disobedience"
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/02/business/fast-food-workers-seeking-higher-wages-plan-another-strike.html?_r=0

The New York Times: "More Workers Are Claiming ‘Wage Theft’ "
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/01/business/more-workers-are-claiming-wage-theft.html?_r=0

Salon: "McDonald’s ex-managers sound off to Salon: Non-existent breaks and illegal overtime"
http://www.salon.com/2014/04/01/thats_illegal_mcdonalds_ex_managers_sound_off_to_salon/

Chicago Tribune: Survey: Almost 90% of fast-food workers allege wage theft
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-survey-almost-90-of-fastfood-workers-allege-wage-theft-20140401,0,540484.story

LA Times: Nearly 90% of fast-food workers allege wage theft, survey finds
http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-wage-theft-survey-fast-food-20140331,0,4674874.story#ixzz2xe4D3Adt

New York Times: McDonald’s Workers File Wage Suits in 3 States
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/14/business/mcdonalds-workers-in-three-states-file-suits-claiming-underpayment.html?_r=0

New York Times: Happy Meals, Unhappy Workers (Editorial)
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/14/opinion/happy-meals-unhappy-workers.html

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