Here in America there’s this ridiculous notion which has been thrown around since the advent of unionization in America that unions are vile evil despicable and selfish organizations that destroy the economy, wreck jobs, and force businesses to move overseas — to places like Denmark, for example.
Well, since we have McDonald’s in both Denmark and the United States there shouldn’t be a union in both places representing the rights of workers, right? How correct you are – in Opposite Land, that is!
In Denmark, the workers at McDonalds’ have a strong union that fights for their rights and you will not believe the amount of access they have to…..being treated like human beings.
The minimum wage for all workers over the age of 18 is $21/hr. For individuals under 18 that wage sinks to $15/hr – twice what adults in America make!
It is true that the cost of living in Denmark is higher than in the United States. So I guess that explains it…
Oh, I guess not…
Apparently, the cost of living is just about on par with that of the United States – so why is it the same corporation that can afford to pay their overseas employees who are protected by a union so well but complain about the company going under when we push for a higher minimum wage that would still be half what Denmark employees make?
McDonald’s made billions – yes, that’s billions with a “B” – in corporate profit last year. The world’s largest fast food company in the world has over 37,000 stores worldwide, 14,000 of which are locaterd here in the United States.
It’s not just that McDonald’s can afford to pay the minute amount of overseas employees more – they pay a lot of countries more in their minimum wage and still manage to pull a huge profit internationally. Doing so in America is not unfeasible as well.
Then a Big Mac must cost $25.00, right?
There may be slight cost adjustments in the prices of their food items, but with a booming economy as one of the nation’s largest employers – 440,000 at last count – they would help push the economy into overdrive and bring back an ACTUAL end to the recession.
McDonald’s did not merely just lay down and allow the workers in Denmark to unionize and receive the pay they rightfully deserve. No, they had to fight tooth and nail for every single entitlement that they earned. It took over five years of demonstrations, organizing, and even the average worker being in danger of losing their job.
That spirit of banding together has been lost in the DNA of America. There was a time when unions in America were strong. Workers stood side-by-side knowing full well that they may lose their source of income by standing up for their rights. Today, however they are viewed as nothing but commodities to be tossed aside should they not tow the corporate policy, assist in making billions in profit, while suffering as vagabonds and living in cyclical and endless poverty.
Food workers have never had any kind of strong union or backing. Fast food workers have it better than servers, who make a mere $2.13/hr thanks to the powerful restaurant lobbying industry, but that’s not to say they have it good at all. The average McDonald’s worker is not merely just a high school student transitioning to learn how to do work before going to college or entering the real world. The vast majority of McDonald’s employees are parents and full-time workers who need to provide for a family – but cannot due to the fact that over half their paycheck goes to rent.
It’s time to band together. It’s time to fight for your rights. What would Robin Hood do? Because we are ruled by the robber-barons of olde.
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