If anyone doubted the Labor Agenda and its potential negative impact on our economy, you need do nothing more than read Andy Stern's anti-McDonald's missive. McDonald's is a large company which provides solid entry level jobs, decent benefits and flexible working arrangements for its employees. No one is forced to work there - there are a host of entry level positions available - not as many with flexible hours though. McDonald's offers management training, ownership opportunities and contributes of strong social programs across the country. They are many of our first experiences of work.
What the SEIU is trying to do is bully McDonalds employees into becoming a member of their union. The disparity of CEO pay to base employee compensation is a matter for a responsible compensation board and the 770x multiple is misleading as it takes into account stock options (which may be worth zero at any given moment). McDonald's provides simple food (one can make any case about nutritional value - it's about OUR choices) that people want. I would be very interested to know exactly what benefits SEIU would offer organized members. It was partly labor's intransigence which led the United States automobile industry, textile industry, steel industry and electronics industry overseas.
Will their efforts cripple McDonald's as well?
From: Michael Whitney-SEIU.org [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 2:47 PM
Subject: Go to McDonald's tomorrow at noon
Last week we told you that McDonald's wasn't lovin' free choice at work. Several thousand of you stood up and told the company what you think about their efforts to stop their employees' free choice.
Now we're kicking our campaign into high gear. We want to speak directly with McDonald's employees about what it's like to work for a CEO who is paid 770 times what his workers earn, leaving working families with barely enough to afford the "Dollar Menu."
We're organizing events at McDonald's locations around the country for TOMORROW at NOON. Can you take an hour tomorrow to go to your local McDonald's to educate McDonald's employees about free choice?
Click here to find an event at a McDonald's near you and RSVP now.
If you can't find an event near you, you can plan your own - it's easy, quick, and we provide all the materials you need.
According to published reports, the fast food giant is organizing its store owners to oppose the Employee Free Choice Act. McDonald's has reportedly even formed an "internal response team...to actively participate in the opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act."
The Employee Free Choice Act gives workers the free choice to join unions so they can bargain for better wages, benefits, and retirement security. But it's apparent that McDonald's doesn't want its employees to see any of that.
It's time for McDonald's to give workers more of the wealth they help create, and it's up to us to tell them how to do so.
Find or plan an event at a McDonald's near you TOMORROW at NOON to tell employees why they need free choice at work. Click here to RSVP.
Thank you for your support of McDonald's employees and workers everywhere.
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