McDonald’s employees want sick pay, coronavirus safety protocols
Hourly wage workers at McDonald’s on Tuesday sought paid sick leave for those working at its US restaurants and an update to the safety protocols as coronavirus cases in the US rise.
The burger chain has not trained or given any guidelines on the epidemic, McDonald’s cooks and cashiers associated with labor group Fight for $15 and a Union said in an emailed statement.
“McDonald’s needs to step up and do everything it can to make sure workers like me are safe and that if we do get sick, we can take time off to get better without falling behind on our bills,” she said.
The labor group asked the company to pay workers for any missed shifts if a McDonald’s restaurant shuts down due to the spread of COVID-19.
McDonald’s hourly worker wage varies from $7.25 to $15 based on the state.
The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Restaurant workers have for long complained about poor pay and working conditions, drawing support from politicians and Fight for $15, which has regularly targeted McDonald’s, calling for higher pay and union rights for workers.
Their demands come close on the heels of Darden Restaurants, the owner of the Olive Garden and Bahama Breeze chains, saying it would provide its hourly workers paid sick leaves starting Tuesday.
Over 600 cases and 26 deaths have been reported in the US due to the coronavirus. However, McDonald’s has not issued an update on the potential financial impact on its home.
After the outbreak was first reported in China late last year, the company said in January it did not see a big financial hit as it only collected royalty fees from China.
It last week decided to cancel its biennial in-person worldwide convention, attended by operators from around the world and set to take place in a few weeks. It will now hold a digital convention.
“The company canceled a meeting of executives and franchisees, but it’s not making any plans for us frontline workers, who cannot afford to take a day off without pay if we get sick,” said Fran Marion, a McDonald’s worker in Kansas City, Missouri.
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