Visa and McDonald’s teamed up to help show the labor force at McDonald’s how to survive on the fast food chain’s paltry wage structure: You gotta be McSlummin’ It!
I guess now it’s becoming readily apparent why McDonald’s can keep their McFood so McCheap: They McKeep their McEmployees in McPoverty.
For starters, all of the golden arches’ calculations are based on a full-time position. That fact should enrage you on two levels. Firstly, the vast majority of McDonald’s workers do not hold down full time hours. Secondly, even with working a full-time position with Ronald and The Hamburgler, they still have to tell you to go get another job to help pay your bills, because without that second job, you can kiss $955 imaginary McBucks out of your McWallet. Then just to put a whole bow on the issue, they estimate that second job to be nearly half of your income. So they are tacitly admitting that they pay their employees half a living wage, assuming you get to work full-time hours, which is a crap shoot and then some.
Look, people need to work, and people need to eat. It’s bad enough that the fast food mentality has made the food we put in our bodies damn-near toxic, but now we’re seeing just how detrimental to the economy it is to produce the food so cheaply. It’s really an egregious and vicious cycle. Think about it — wages are kept so low that employees can’t pay their bills, much less eat. So their options become assistance from the government or better yet for these fast food employers, the fast food places themselves. Those value menus are there for a reason, and it’s obvious that fast food employees are to be counted as part of that reason.
It would be kind of comical if it weren’t for the fact that it’s so tragic. We have a class of people in this country who have to both work for and patronize a company that sells them nutritionally deficient food while paying them insufficient wages, and while they’re making those wages they can’t afford to eat any better. This causes more health problems down the line, and most of them will be treated on the taxpayer’s dime by way of Medicaid. Which brings me to the larger point that I think is made in this story.
The way I see it, this story is one that makes the greatest case possible for universal health coverage. If employers didn’t have to pay for their employees’ health insurance, that would be one less gripe about overhead they could point to as an excuse for oppressing the working class via their pay stubs. Then they could afford to pay even their part-time staff more. The burden of health care costs would then shift to the people — not the government, though that’ll of course be the counter argument from the right — by way of the tax code. It’s so simple no one in Washington will ever go along with it.
I’m hatin’ it.