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McDonald’s employees forced to work 25-hour shifts say they were kept in boss’ basement

A McDonald’s franchisee will pay $205,971 in damages and back pay to 291 workers who were subjected to threats of deportation after they complained about 25-hour shifts. The employees, who were working at McDonalds under a cultural exchange program, said they were forced to work shifts that ran longer than…

Want to end corporate welfare for McDonald’s? Raise the minimum wage

You’ve got to feel for McDonald’s. Every time the misunderstood corporation tries to offer its’ low-wage employees a hand, it backfires. First the fast food giant was ridiculed this past summer for dispensing helpful budgetary advice to its struggling workers (in a nutshell: get another job). Now the company is…

McDonald’s helpline to employee: Go on food stamps

McDonald’s helpline to employee: Go on food stamps. (via The Christian Science Monitor) A crowd of low-income fast food workers and their supporters protest outside of the McDonald’s restaurant in Memphis, Tenn., in August. Wage advocates have zeroed in on another group they say is suffering financially from fast food…

Fast food workers strike in 50 cities to demand wages of $15/hour, right to unionize

Thousands of workers at McDonald’s and other fast food outlets across the United States went on strike Thursday in a growing movement for higher wages in the industry. Workers in 50 cities joined the strike to fight for $15 an hour wages — double what most currently earn — and…

New York fast food workers go on strike for a living wage

Hundreds of workers at McDonald’s and other fast food outlets across New York went on strike Monday for higher wages in a movement organizers hope will spread nationwide. Sporadic walkouts left managers to serve customers at flagship McDonald’s outlets on Times Square and 5th Avenue in Manhattan. Organizers said the…

Hundreds of fast food workers strike in New York for a living wage

Hundreds of workers at McDonald’s and other fast food outlets across New York went on strike Monday for higher wages in a movement organizers hope will spread nationwide. Sporadic walkouts left managers to serve customers at flagship McDonald’s outlets on Times Square and 5th Avenue in Manhattan. Organizers said the…

Mr. President, why are there so many bad jobs at McDonalds and Walmart?

Mr. President, Have Pity on the Working Man (via Moyers & Company) And you thought the government didn’t have a jobs program. It does. The problem is that the pay and benefits are lousy, and in many cases the working conditions ain’t so great either. We’re not talking about the…

McDonalds has served its last halal McChicken sandwich in the U.S.

McDonald’s, the largest fast food chain to offer menu alternatives designated for observant Muslims, is removing the items from its menu, suggesting that preparing food exclusively to suit individual religious tastes is problematic for restaurants…  …

9-year-old girl lectures McDonald’s CEO about children’s nutrition

Nine-year-old Hannah Robertson put McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson on the spot on Thursday at the corporation’s annual shareholders’ meeting. According to USA Today, the girl was attending the meeting with her mother, Kia, designer of a “Today I Ate a Rainbow,” a kids’ interactive game aimed at helping children making…

McDonald’s to Charles Ramsey, Amanda Berry’s rescuer: ‘We’ll be in touch’

Via Twitter, McDonald’s has reached out to Ramsey, who helped Amanda Berry escape the house where she and two other women…  …

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