McDonald's recent efforts to boost wages at company-operated restaurants appears to be backfiring, as frustrated employees at franchise-operated locations—who were passed over for a pay raise—are pushing back. McDonald's employees were among hundreds of fast food workers who were protesting on Tax Day and pushing for a national minimum wage of $15 an hour.
Earlier this month, the fast food giant announced it would boost pay at its company-owned U.S. restaurants—about 90,000 workers or roughly 10 percent of its locations nationwide, The raise, which will begin in July, will not affect its more than 3,100 McDonald's franchisees across the country that operate individual businesses and make their own decisions on pay and benefits.
McDonald's grill operator and single dad Carlos Jefferson said excluding franchise-operated restaurants from the pay raise was a wrong move.
"We're doing just as much as corporate McDonald's" restaurants, said Jefferson, who works at a franchise-operated location in Milwaukee. "We deserve a raise just as much as franchised McDonald's," said the 30-year-old. (Tweet This)