If you visit a McDonald's location in a major city on May 19, you may not receive service as expected. That's because cashiers and cooks of the fast-food giant plan to strike in 15 cities across the country to demand a $15 minimum wage.
Vice reports that the walk-out is timed to take place the day before McDonald's annual shareholder meeting, where the issue of $15 hourly wage is expected to be on the agenda. The workers, who are part of the Fight For $15 movement, will be walking off the job in Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, Miami, Tampa, Orlando, Chicago, Detroit, Flint, Kansas City, St. Louis, Houston, Milwaukee, and other cities.
The fast-food industry is struggling with a major labor shortage, and McDonald's operators have had to come up with creative ways to attract new employees. One location in North Carolina has reportedly offered $500 sign-on bonuses for new hires, while a franchisee in Florida tried to entice prospective candidates with $50 payments just for showing up to the job interview. According to Business Insider, McDonald's is looking to hire 25,000 workers in Texas and another 8,000 in Tennessee, while competing with other chains also on hiring sprees.
However, Fight For $15 members, who have been organizing for the minimum wage legislation since 2012, say there is an easy solution to McDonald's hiring woes—just pay your hourly workers a livable wage.
"Our message to shareholders on May 19 is you don't have to wait on legislation. You can pay us $15 an hour now, that should be the floor," one McDonald's department manager in Kansas City, Mo. told Vice.
McDonald's had recently conceded the $15 minimum wage for its workers wouldn't hurt its bottom line.
"As long as it's done in a staged way and in a way that is equitable for everybody, McDonald's will do just fine with that," CEO Chris Kempczinski told investors in January.
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