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McDonalds Tells Workers To Budget By Getting A Second Job And Turning Off Their Heat

1:03 pm - 07/15/2013

McDonalds has partnered with Visa to launch a website to help its low-wage workers making an average $8.25 an hour to budget. But while the site is clearly meant to illustrate that McDonalds workers should be able to live on their meager wages, it actually underscores exactly how hard it is for a low-paid fast food worker to get by.

The site includes a sample”‘budget journal” for McDonalds’ employees that offers a laughably inaccurate view of what it’s like to budget on a minimum wage job. Not only does the budget leave a spot open for “second job,” it also gives wholly unreasonable estimates for employees’ costs: $20 a month for health care, $0 for heating, and $600 a month for rent. It does not include any budgeted money for food or clothing.

Basically every facet of this budget is unachievable. For an uninsured person to independently buy health care, he or she must shell out on average $215 a month — just for an individual plan. If that person wants to eat, “moderate” spending will run them $32 a week for themselves, and $867 a month to feed a family of four. And if a fast food worker is living in a city? Well, New York City rents just reached an average of $3,000 a month.

The sample budget is also available in Spanish. On another section of the site, it concludes, “You can have almost anything you want as long as you plan ahead and save for it.”

Neither McDonalds nor Visa returned requests for comment by the time of publication.
Last year, Bloomberg News found that it would take the average McDonalds employee one million hours of work to earn as much money as the company’s CEO. This immense wage disparity in the fast food industry has sparked a series of protests and walk-outs by low-wage workers working at fast food chains around the country — in New York, Chicago, Washington, and Seattle, to name a few cities, workers from chains including KFC, McDonalds, Burger King, and Taco Bell have spoken publicly about the need for serious wage increases across the industry.

(H/T Low Pay Is Not Okay)

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miss_makiba 16th-Jul-2013 01:29 pm (UTC)
I'd say this budget assumes you live in Wyoming (the rent, phone, and electric about work, and I imagine the other category could be lumped with those if needed) but being that it's a rural state, the car payment is off, and you spend a lot on gas (which is not budgeted here.)

So really, I have no idea who came up with this.
red_pill 16th-Jul-2013 02:09 pm (UTC)
then the ceo earns a year? an hour? a week? a month?
darth_eldritch 16th-Jul-2013 03:15 pm (UTC)
McDonalds, you forgot to include the fees that some of your employees have to pay use your Chase debit cards that you use to pay them.
roseofjuly 16th-Jul-2013 08:33 pm (UTC)
I've lived alone and $32 a week to feed yourself is not reasonable. That's not even a "moderate" amount.

In New York if you had roommates you could maybe pay $1000 in rent. Your MetroCard would be $112 (but would probably go up next year and the year after); your health insurance around $300/month (and it wouldn't be good). Gas/electric $100/month. Phone by itself around $80; forget cable. You're already at $1592 and we haven't even factored in food and clothing yet. God forbid you have any children.

Oh, let's also not forget the fact that $2060/month at $7.25/hour would require a worker to work just over 71 hours a week to make - 38 hours at McDonald's and 33 hours at the second job. What McDonald's do you know is giving out 38 hours a week to employees? Even if we assumed that they were making an average of $10/hour at both jobs (HA!) that's still a 52-hour work week.

And that's not even factoring in the fact that they'd actually have to work MORE hours because this is net income. If we assume that about 15% of their income was taken in taxes, then they'd have to work 82 hours a week at $7.25 or 60 hours a week at $10 just to scrape by like this.
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