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McDonald’s Workers to Strike for $15/Hour, Call Out Pay Raise That Benefits Just 5% of Branches

HeadlineMay 14, 2021

In labor news, McDonald’s workers are planning a strike next Wednesday, May 19, to demand a minimum wage of $15 an hour. On Thursday, the fast-food giant announced it is raising wages at company-owned restaurants, but 95% of McDonald’s branches are franchise locations that are not subject to the salary changes. McDonald’s worker and union organizer Doneshia Babbitt said, “[McDonald’s is] raising pay for some of us and using fancy math tricks to gloss over the fact that they’re selling most of us short. … We won’t stop fighting, striking and marching in the streets until we win $15 and a union for all.”

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