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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)

castalianspring 16th-Jul-2013 01:42 pm (UTC)
OT for a second here, but can I ask why you're displeased with NC (besides the shitty laws they keep passing and trying to pass lately)? I'm looking at a possible job move there.
fluffydragon 16th-Jul-2013 02:06 pm (UTC)
Honestly, NC is a great place to live, all around. It's really just the current govenor, McCrory, who is pissing me off and generally making it harder to be a woman and live in NC.

They also recently slashed unemployment pay and benefits, and now a few of my friends have been unexpectedly cut off. We also recently approved fracking. If you can live somewhere far away from any possible fracking, go for it.

If you're willing to ride it out and hope things go back to more normal, the sales and property taxes are very reasonable and we have a large number of VERY good colleges to choose from, both community and state. If you can move to a bigger city, like Raleigh or Charlotte, or even Chapel Hill or Cary, we have more sane people living there, but once you get into the boonies, people get nuts, real fast. Durham is even a good place to live as long as you research the area, despite its reputation.

Both houses and rent are pretty reasonable - Our house we bought at 143,000 and it's currently valued at around $130,000, and we live in a golfing community with $100 HOA dues and a lake in our backyard that is one of the reasons we picked this area. Other "normal" sized houses can be found in our price range, and it goes up or even down the closer you are to a city center.

And of course, we have FANTASTIC BBQ. Seriously though, one of the reasons I do love living in Raleigh is that there are green trees everywhere. We have tons of parks and beautiful public places, and the greenway is awesome for walking. We have a few good farmer's markets, and even the open-air malls get into it as well, with summer time free concerts.

The main disadvantages are the lack of public transportation (again, in Raleigh). I wouldn't rely on a bus to get anywhere unless you are close to where you work. You have to have car insurance to drive in NC, and we have a bunch of idiots in office, currently. Oh, and it ices here, it doesn't usually snow in the eastern half of the state - we get ICE storms, about one bad one every 10 years, and we're due for one. We're also due for a bad hurricane. The dirt is mostly a clay mix, and most houses don't have a basement. And we get occasional tornadoes.

Which part of NC would the job be at?
castalianspring 16th-Jul-2013 03:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I appreciate your thoughts! The job would be in Durham, at Duke, and I'm open to the Triangle area in general as far as a place to live.

The fracking approval makes me sad. Damn.

I'm not too worried about the climate (I'm from TN originally, so it probably wouldn't be too different) and have heard mostly good things about how liberal the larger cities are. I'm in Florida right now, and while the ocean is lovely, I hate the lack of a real winter and miss the mountains.
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