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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)

layweed 15th-Jul-2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
Hrm. Parts of this budget seem to mimic my own. I'm not sure if that's sad or not. Of course, while the income is similar, that's after deductions for social security and 457 plan and stuff. But still..

The rent portion really depends on where you live though. $600 could get you some ok places to live in many cities. Of course, in a big city like NYC you're just plain fucking out of luck.

The whole idea that McDonald's is telling their employees to get a second job is totally bogus though. Wtf. And if that $1100 that they're getting paid is full time? Ain't nobody got time for that.
saygoodnight__ 15th-Jul-2013 09:49 pm (UTC)
At most fast food restaurants, only managers get full-time. They'll work regular employees to 39 hours a week just to avoid paying another person benefits for working full-time.
pachakuti 15th-Jul-2013 10:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Walmart designates 35 hours as full-time and will schedule part-timers at 34.5 to avoid benefits. That happened to me a lot when I worked there.
peace_piper 16th-Jul-2013 07:53 am (UTC)
I can remember being asked to work an extra day once at a similar to Walmart store and then before I could say yes (with the expectation of time and a half) my boss goes, "Oh, but you're already up to 39.75 hours, we can't do that." It was insulting.

At the place I work now, a restaurant that's VERY classy and my boss brags he takes home $100k/year, he won't give anyone more than 36 hours a week so he doesn't have to pay benefits.
roseofjuly 17th-Jul-2013 02:27 am (UTC)
That's why they need the second job. In this scenario, the McD's worker is working about 38 hours a week (really a little more if you take into account taxes), and at the second job about 33 hours a week, if both jobs pay $7.25/hour.
wowsolovely 18th-Jul-2013 04:56 pm (UTC)
yeah there is no way anyone on min wage is making that much money at 2 jobs...unless they are working almost full time at both which is ridiculous.
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