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McDonald's Pay Boost is Too Little For Too Few, Protesters Say

Tiffany Hsu
Shan Li
LA Times

At hastily planned protests in several cities, workers and labor organizers criticized the new McDonald's Corp. pay-increase plan as too little for too few.

Protesters are angry that the Oak Brook, Ill., company won't improve wages for employees at franchises, which make up 90% of McDonald's roughly 14,000 U.S. stores. Even for the 90,000 workers at company-owned stores who will see their paychecks increase to at least $1 above local hourly minimum wages starting July 1, the concession is too small, advocates said. (...)

Protest organizers, however, say there's room for adjustment in the fast-food industry, which is a major employer of low-wage workers in the country. The pay gap between executives and service employees is often huge, said Catherine Ruetschlin, a senior policy analyst at left-leaning think tank Demos.

Chief executives often earn more than 1,000 times the salary of average workers, she said. And at $9.01, McDonald's current hourly average wage falls short of the industry average of $9.49 an hour.

Behemoth corporations such as McDonald's have the power to "set labor standards for the rest of the country," Ruetschlin said.

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