Audio: Listen To McDonald’s Tells Employees To Sign Up For Food Stamps.
We all know that our United States Federal Government spends billions of dollars every year on benefits like food stamps and Medicaid for fast food workers.
Taxpayers, they say, are subsidizing the industries profits. Some might say, Burger King is a Welfare Queen.
Below is an audio recording, provided by TheAtlantic.com, of a staffer on the McDonald’s Employee Helpline explaining to a restaurant crew worker how she can sign up for food stamps, among other government benefit. “McDonald’s doesn’t want to pay its workers more,” the clip states. “Instead, it wants YOU to pay its workers more.”
Just as there is nothing wrong
with McDonald’s telling workers they probably need a second job, there’s also nothing technically wrong with fast food companies explaining how to get federal benefits.
And yet, here we have a terrifically profitable International Corporation refusing to raise wages while acknowledging that it pays too little for its workers to comfortably survive.
Nothing is going to change ‘Big Corporations’ attitude, not even this video. There are too many incentives for fast food chains and individual franchise owners NOT to up what they pay.
McDonald’s, Dominoes, Taco Bell and other fast food chains compete on rock-bottom prices. The battle to keep meals cheap is so important that McDonald’s was willing to spend years fighting its own franchisees over its dollar menu.
And while McDonald’s has proven it’s capable of making a profit abroad while paying workers $15 an hour or more, in the end, the recipe for success usually includes higher prices.
Fast food restaurants in the United States aren’t going to risk emulating it and losing customers to the competition.