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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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keeni84 17th-Jul-2013 08:35 pm (UTC)
It costs me $100 a month for public transportation, because I'm too afraid to buy a monthly pass ($62.00), because the pass is made from paper and I'm too afraid I'll lose it/accidentally destroy it.
rex_dart 17th-Jul-2013 10:42 pm (UTC)
As far as I know, here a monthly pass is a hundred bucks, which is probably about the equivalent of two trips per weekday if you take the bus and a bit of a discount if you take the L. If I'm wrong on that it's because I don't have a pass, I just put that money toward parking, but I've got friends who commute and I'm pretty sure that's what they pay.

And now that I think about parking, it costs people in our neighborhood a minimum of a hundred dollars to get a parking space, or else you're left driving around looking for a street spot in our no-permit-required neighborhood for god knows how long every day, and if you work late forget it. That's a big part of the reason we traded two cars in for one.
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