McDonald’s workers who are unable to pay their bills or stay above the poverty line should find help from food pantries or enlist in government benefit programs instead of seeking higher wages, according to a company resource line meant to help employees.
Nancy Salgado has worked for the fast-food corporation for over 10 years yet still earns $8.25 an hour, barely more than the $7.25 federal minimum wage. With help from the worker’s rights group Low Pay Is Not Ok, she phoned the company’s employee hotline, known as McResource, attempting to find some answers on how to improve her situation.
A recording of the call was made available to CNN, which reported that Salgado asked the helpline operator multiple questions regarding how McDonalds would help her pay her heating bill, buy groceries, and whether she could afford to help pay for her sister’s medical treatment.
Despite never asking how much money Salgado earned per hour or asking how many hours a week she worked, the McDonalds representative said she “definitely should be able to qualify for both food stamps and heating assistance.”
The representative then said she would email Salgado phone numbers and contact information for food pantries and other public health programs in Chicago, Illinois, where Salgado was calling from.
“We can be a good program,” the operator said. “We can do a lot of the leg work that takes a lot of the stresses off of you making a million phone calls trying to find services.”
Perhaps even more shocking is that not all McDonald’s employees are guaranteed access to the would-be help line. Franchise owners must pay a fee for their employees to use McResource and Salgado’s restaurant, for example, is among the many Chicago stores not afforded that privilege.
Salgado, 26-year-old single mother who has said she is rarely allowed to work more than 30 hours a week, is the same woman who was arrested earlier this month. She interrupted McDonald’s Corporation President Jeff Stratton when he was speaking at the Union League Club of Chicago on October 11.
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