McDonald’s Student Guest Workers Abuse Stirs Protest
Building Bridges Radio
March 25, 2013
Latin American and Asian student guest workers participating in the U.S. State Department’s J-1 program, expected decent work and a meaningful cultural experience in the USA. Instead, they were sent to work at McDonald’s,who paid them below the minimum wage and when they complained of the exploitation were subjected to retaliation. So, they went on strike against the Pennsylvania stores where they worked and then came in protest to NY’s Times Square McDonald’s with supporters from National Guest Worker Alliance, UnitedNY and the Retail Action Project. There they further announced their plans to take their protest directly to McDonald’s headquarters and the home of CEO Don Thompson if McDonald’s doesn’t take responsibility for ending labor abuses for all its workers.