The petition reads:
Dear CEO's of McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Papa John's,
A whopping 52% of fast-food employees’ families are forced to rely on public assistance to put food on the table or see a doctor because you pay them poverty wages. That means every single American is picking up the check for nearly $7 billion in tax dollars a year – while the fast-food industry reaps billions in profits.
It’s outrageous and it has to stop. It’s time to pay your workers $15 an hour so they can make ends meet and Americans can stop paying for the hidden costs of poverty wages."
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“Over 1 billion served. Over $7 Billion Stolen!”
HUH? McDonald’s and other Fast Food chains have taken over $7 Billion of your tax money, and are using it to ensure full-time employees live in poverty.
HOW? They pay their workers so little that even full-time employees still need public assistance like Welfare to survive.1
WHY? These companies make billions in profits – but since they won’t pay a living wage for employees the way most businesses do, the taxpayer ends up footing the bill, spending the money that McDonald’s won’t.2
Even the mega-corporation-friendly Bloomberg Businessweek admits it’s a problem:
[Things] might have been fine when those behind the counter were mostly teenagers living at home. These days, though, 68 percent of fast-food workers are single or married adults who aren’t in school—and 26 percent are raising children.3
Isn’t it time they paid a living wage so that it doesn’t come out of our taxes?
We’re tired of paying McTaxes. Tell the top eight fast-food chains to pay their workers enough to survive – and so Americans no longer pay for the hidden costs of the fast-food industry’s unlivable wages.
In case you’re a huge nerd like us, here’s even more boring details and sources!:
3. Bloomgberg Businessweek, “Fast-Food Wages Come With a $7 Billion Side of Public Assistance.“