Category: McDonald’s Must Pay

Deal Pending on Immigration Reform
KCRW

Warren Olney
April 1, 2013

Just as Senators of both parties were announcing that “comprehensive immigration reform” was finally a done deal, it turned out that it might not be after all.  Will a guest-worker program for unskilled immigrants kill it again, or will it be border security, a “path to citizenship” or one of the other complications that have scuttled it in the past? NGA Executive Director Saket Soni discusses the proposed expansion of the guestworker program and the labor protections that need to be included.

Skip to 8:00 for the immigration piece.

http://www.kcrw.com/news/programs/tp/tp130401deal_pending_on_immi

Striking Guest Workers Will Take McDonald’s Fight Global

The Nation

Josh Eidelson
April 1, 2013

Following demonstrations outside McDonald’s headquarters and CEO Don Thompson’s home, striking guest workers will hold an international day of action on June 6. The fifteen strikers, all students who came to the United States on cultural exchange visas, plan to lay the groundwork in their home countries over the next two months.

The National Guestworker Alliance, the labor group spearheading the strike, said that McDonald’s had failed to address the wages the workers were still owed, their demands for reforms to avert abuse and their call for a meeting with Thompson. “He thinks if we go back to our country the problem is solved,” said striker Rodrigo Yañez. But “we’re going to keep the fight up in our countries, and we’re going to make it grow.”

“They didn’t count on the guest workers to supersize their campaign,” NGA Director Saket Soni said in an e-mail to The Nation. McDonald’s did not respond to a request for comment.

As The Nation first reported, the students walked off the job on March 6 over allegations including unpaid wages, repeated retaliation, substandard (employer-owned) housing and shifts of up to twenty-five consecutive hours. The J-1 visa program, under which the students came to the US from Asia and Latin America, is administered by the US State Department, which workers allege failed to aggressively address the abuse. Over the past four weeks, the workers have traveled from Central Pennsylvania to actions in Philadelphia, New York, Washington and Chicago. “We met with Americans that have been in the same situation we experienced,” said Yañez. “That’s been a cultural exchange for us.”

A McDonald’s spokesperson told The Nation on March 14 that the company was ending its relationship with Andy Cheung, the franchisee who had directly employed the striking workers, and that the company had “offered to have the most appropriate person in our management team meet with the student directly to address and resolve their concerns.”

In Washington, DC, workers visited congressional offices; striker Fernando Acosta told The Nation that they urged legislators to include the battery of immigrant worker protections known as the POWER Act in a comprehensive immigration reform deal. “We are sharing all of our stories,” said Acosta. “The same thing happened to other people.”

The McDonald’s strike has played out against the backdrop of immigration talks involving organized labor, business and key senators. In a Saturday statement, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka announced “an agreement in principle” in the ongoing negotiations between the labor federation and the US Chamber of Commerce “to develop a new type of employer visa system.” According to the AFL-CIO, the proposed new “W visa” would come with stronger protections for workers, including: the chance to petition for permanent status after one year; not being tied to a specific employer; a Department of Labor complaint process; and a prohibition on employers shifting program fees to employees.

McDonald’s strikers will begin returning to their home countries this week. Workers said that the shape and scope of the June 6 day of action have not yet been determined. It won’t be NGA’s first foray into cross-border organizing; as I report in this month’s Dissent, the organization has also partnered with the Mexico-based human rights group ProDESC to organize Mexican guest workers in their hometowns before and after their annual trips to work in the United States.

“McDonald’s could make all this go away,” said Soni. “They could take responsibility for what happened to these guest workers inside their stores. They could adopt labor standards as they’ve promised. Or they could look forward to a long hot summer…”

http://www.thenation.com/blog/173601/striking-guest-workers-plan-global-actions-against-mcdonalds

Midstate foreign student workers to hold international day of action against McDonald’s
The Patriot-News

Erik Veronikis
April 1, 2013

Foreign student workers who staged a protest against midstate McDonald’s franchisee Andy Cheung last month plan to hold an international day of action at McDonald’s locations around the world on June 6.

June 6 will mark the three-month anniversary of the work-stoppage strike guest workers held at Cheung’s McDonald’s on Trindle Road in Hampden Township.

The guest workers claim McDonald’s is not adequately addressing their complaints, and has refused to meet with them to discuss the adoption of regulations that would help end guest worker abuse at its restaurants.

Last week, foreign student workers traveled to McDonald’s corporate headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill., and the home of the company’s CEO, Don Thompson.

They delivered a petition signed by 100,000 people, demanding a high-level meeting to discuss ending the abuse of guest workers at McDonald’s restaurants, said the National Guestworker Alliance, which helped stage the midstate protest on March 6.

McDonald’s executives have refused to meet with foreign student workers, according to the NGA.

“When McDonald’s refused, the students decided to bring their campaign to their home countries around the world, including Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, and Malaysia, with an international day of protest on June 6,” the alliance said.

McDonald’s spokespeople could not immediately be reached for comment.

The foreign students workers, who were participating in the U.S. Department of State’s J-1 Visa program, claimed that Cheung exploited them in his local franchises and in the basement dwellings he rented to them while they worked for him in Central Pennsylvania.

Their story has gone viral and has been reported by The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, NBC and other national news outlets.

McDonald’s has cut ties with Cheung, but the company has shared no details on how and when he would stop operating his six midstate McDonald’s.

Cheung has not returned repeated interview requests.

“McDonalds thought it could wait until we went back to our home countries and the problem would go away,” said National Guestworker Alliance member and student guest worker Rodrigo Yanez, in a statement. “We’re going to keep the fight up in our countries, and we’re going to make it grow. We’re inviting allies in the U.S. and around the world to join us.”

NGA Executive Director Saket Soni said in a news release “McDonald’s could make all this go away,” if the company takes responsibility for what happened to the guest workers.

“They could adopt labor standards as they promised,” Soni said.  “Or they could look forward to a long, hot summer.”

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2013/04/midstate_foreign_student_worke.html

Student Guestworkers to McDonald’s: Our Fight Goes Global June 6th

McDonald’s J-1 guestworkers to “supersize” protests against guestworker exploitation in multiple countries

CHICAGO, IL, April 1, 2013—McDonald’s J-1 student guestworkers fighting to end exploitation by the fast food giant said Monday that they would hold an international day of action against McDonald’s on June 6. The date coincides with the three-month anniversary of the students’ strike against McDonald’s restaurants where they faced severe labor abuse in Pennsylvania.

“McDonald’s thought it could wait until we went back to our home countries and the problem would go away,” said NGA member and student guestworker Rodrigo Yañez. “We’re going to keep the fight up in our countries, and we’re going to make it grow. We’re inviting allies in the U.S. and around the world to join us.

Student guestworkers gathered last week at McDonald’s corporate headquarters and the home of CEO Don Thompson. They personally delivered over 100,000 petition signatures and demanded a high-level meeting to discuss ending the abuse of guestworkers at McDonald’s restaurants.

When McDonald’s refused, the students decided to bring the campaign to their home countries around the world, including Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, and Malaysia, with an international day of protest set for June 6.

“McDonald’s could make all this go away,” said NGA Executive Director Saket Soni. “They could take responsibility for what happened to these guest workers inside their stores. They could adopt labor standards as they’ve promised. Or they could look forward to a long, hot summer.”

The student guestworkers paid $3,000-4,000 apiece to participate in the U.S. State Department’s J-1 visa program, expecting decent work and a cultural exchange. Instead, McDonald’s used them as a sub-minimum wage exploitable workforce. Students faced:

  • As few as four hours of work a week at $7.25 an hour, with exorbitant housing deductions that brought their net pay far below minimum wage
  • Shifts as long as 25 hours with no overtime pay
  • Being packed into employer-owned basement housing, up to eight students to a room, for $300 each per month
  • Retaliation by McDonald’s franchisee Andy Cheung and labor supplier GeoVisions against students for exercising their labor rights, including further cuts to hours and surprise home visits
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McDonald’s student guestworkers from Latin America and Asia joined the National Guestworker Alliance and went on strike on Mar. 6 from the Central PA stores where they had worked, demanding that the fast food giant take responsibility for labor abuse at its restaurants. Their fight gained national attention by The NationNBC NewsNPR and the Wall Street Journal, and they won the exclusion of McDonald’s franchisee Andy Cheung from the McDonald’s system.

Traveling the country to build support, the student guestworkers held rallies and protests in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington DC, New York, and Chicago. They were joined by hundreds of allies, including from One PittsburghFight for PhillyUnited NYSEIU InternationalRetail Action ProjectJobs with JusticeUnited Worker CongressNational Domestic Worker AllianceIBEWWorkers Organizing Committee Chicago, and other community groups.

They’re Not Lovin’ It: Striking Workers May Be McDonald’s Worst Nightmare
Huffington Post

Elizabeth Parisian
April 1, 2013

Over the last decade, McDonald’s has had to deal with its share of negative publicity. From the 2004 documentarySuper Size Me, which argued that the company’s menu and portion sizes are essentially killing its customers, to outcry over its marketing practices to children, to the recent “pink slime” controversy, the fast food giant has been sporting a face full of Egg McMuffin.

This month, the public scrutiny of McDonald’s continued when a group of Latin American guestworkers at a central Pennsylvania McDonald’s went on strike over unpaid overtime, horrific living conditions and other serious labor violations. Now touring the country to shine a light on both their own plight and on the poor working conditions faced by all McDonald’s workers, the guestworkers won a victory when the multinational corporation forced the offending franchisee to close the doors of all of its locations.

While McDonald’s no doubt hopes that swift punishment of one franchisee in central Pennsylvania will sweep the issue under the rug, the labor issues facing the company right now have gotten too big to ignore. The 16 guestworkers on strike represent a small sliver of the thousands of workers across the country exploited by the company on a daily basis. And as they tour the country to visit other fast food workers who are organizing for fair wages and better working conditions, bad press for McDonald’s will continue to snowball.

This week, the striking guestworkers came to Chicago, in support of the Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago (WOCC). WOCC is a newly formed union of downtown Chicago low wage retail and restaurant workers who are waging the Fight For 15 campaign, demanding a living wage of $15 an hour and the right to join a union without employer interference. The campaign includes many McDonald’s workers, whose own stories of not making ends meet on minimum wage are all-too-similar to the guestworkers’ nightmarish experience.

“We are here today because your struggle is our struggle,” guestworker Jorge Victor Rios told a crowd of over 50 who gathered at Chicago’s iconic Rock N Roll McDonald’s for a workers’ rights teach in, organized by WOCC. “At first, I thought we were being exploited because we were guestworkers, but the more I spoke to others about my experience, the more I realized that McDonald’s workers all across the country are facing the exact same work conditions that I did. The only difference is, I can return to my country soon and this nightmare will be over. For the tens of thousands of other McDonald’s workers right here in the U.S., the nightmare never ends.”

As workers stand together to exposing the exploitation lurking in the shadow of the golden arches, the nightmare for the corporate heads and board members of the huge multinational is just beginning.

All seems well on the balance sheet. Financially, the company is experiencing unprecedented success, with the New York Times reporting in 2012 that sales were up 13 percent from 2008, when the Great Recession began, with the company now dominating 17 percent of the limited-service food industry in the country — more than its next four largest competitors combined.

But these high financial times depend upon the economic suffering of its largely contingent, part-time and low-wage workforce. And it is clear that these workers have had enough. From the WOCC in Chicago to the Pennsylvania guestworkers to the Fast Food Forward campaign in New York City, McDonald’s workers across the country are demanding that the company take responsibility for the working conditions it puts in place, and begin paying workers a living wage.

After Monday’s teach-in at McDonald’s flagship store, a delegation of WOCC workers and the student guestworkers delivered a petition with over 60,000 signatures to the company’s headquarters in Oak Brook Terrace, IL, asking the company restore the striking guestworkers’ lost wages, as well as offer full-time hours to all of its U.S. workers and reveal the names of all franchisees participating in the guestworker program.

Tuesday, the delegation drove the message home — literally — delivering an assortment of food from the guestworkers’ countries to the multi-million-dollar estate of CEO Don Thompson.

Whether McDonald’s is listening remains to be seen, but as worker organizing continues to gain momentum at McDonald’s workplaces across the country, the company soon will have no choice but to pay attention to their workers and address their concerns.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/elizabeth-parisian/mcdonalds-striking-workers_b_2979237.html

Striking J-1 students want justice from McDonald’s and U.S. State Department
Economic Policy Institute

Ross Eisenbrey
March 26, 2013

The student workers who recently went on strike at McDonald’s in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania took a big chance. They could have been fired and then deported from the country. Instead, they got their boss fired and got a meeting with the head of the State Department program that brought them to the U.S. But they aren’t finished: they want to make sure that what happened to them never happens to foreign students again.

My colleagues and I met with four of the young workers last week, who came from Peru, Paraguay, Chile and Argentina. All had been recruited into the State Department’s J-1 summer work travel visa program by GeoVisions, a State Department-approved sponsor, which promised them three months of steady wages for slinging Big Macs, decent housing and a cultural experience, followed by a month of travel wherever they wanted to go.

What they and 14 other students got was an unpredictable mix of work hours—as little as four hours in a week for some and 25 hours in a row for others. They were required to live in the basements of homes owned by their boss, Andy Cheung, who packed six into one house and eight into another, jammed together with little privacy—only a curtain to separate the beds of four young men from four women. They were cheated on wages they earned, overcharged for their housing and forced to walk to work on highways instead of riding in free transportation they’d been promised. At least one was actually in debt to Cheung after almost 3 months of work.

When they struck in protest, they had the precedent of J-1 students who struck last year in Hershey, Pennsylvania to protest unsafe working conditions, minimum wage violations and broken promises about cultural activities. They also had the help and guidance of theNational Guestworker Alliance, which got them legal help, publicity, and community support. The strike made the evening news in Harrisburg, The Nation magazine and theWall Street Journal, and it embarrassed the McDonald’s Corporation, which went into crisis mode.

After a quick investigation, McDonald’s terminated its franchise agreement with Mr. Cheung, forcing him to sell the half dozen restaurants he owns and quit the board of the Ronald McDonald House charity.

The State Department, it goes without saying, moves more slowly.

  • GeoVisions, which charged the students $3,000 to $4,000 for the privilege of living in a basement and being exploited by a greedy businessman, has not been sacked or suspended, although an investigation is ongoing.
  • Reforms of the J-1 program rules to hold sponsors financially accountable for the housing and work conditions they send students into have been in limbo for a year.
  • Key reforms requested by the National Guestworker Alliance and EPI after last year’s strike in Hershey have never been implemented. Most notably, a safe and effective system for J-1 students to file complaints without fear of retaliation from their sponsor or employer has not been put into effect.

According to the NGA, the very determined and articulate young South Americans I met have already collected over 100,000 signatures, which they handed to the head of security at McDonald’s headquarters in Chicago, with the hopes of getting a meeting with CEO Don Thompson, and demanding from him directly that McDonald’s agree to a corporation-wide new labor rights agreement.

And I’m betting they won’t stop agitating until the State Department deals with GeoVisions and makes sure future students are better protected from abuse and exploitation. With the help of the National Guestworker Alliance and the AFL-CIO, the students might not have to wait for the State Department to get the job done; they might get Congress to fix these problems as a part of comprehensive immigration reform.

 http://www.epi.org/blog/striking-1-students-justice-mcdonalds-state/

Student Guestworkers Get a Bitter Taste of America
NCLR Blog

Alicia Criado
March 28, 2013 

What would you do if you paid $3,000–$4,000 to participate in a four-month cultural exchange program, only to find out that you’ve signed up to work for an employer that denies you wages, regular work hours, and forces you to live in inhumane conditions?

I know what I would do—speak out!

On March 6, that’s exactly what 16 international students did after working in the United States under the J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program.  They have been exploited as guestworkers at various McDonald’s locations in central Pennsylvania and suffered abuse by their employer, McDonald’s franchisee Andy Cheung.

NCLR staff recently met with several of these students, who shared the shocking details of what they endured during their “cultural exchange”:

  • Irregular hours and shifts often lasting 25 hours—with no overtime pay
  • At other times, as few as four hours of work per week at $7.25 an hour
  • Living with up to eight students in a basement owned by their employer for $300 each per month
  • Retaliation and threats to cut their hours and deport them after they formally complained to their sponsor, GeoVisions

Eventually they contacted the National Guestworker Alliance (NGA), filed official complaints with the State Department and Department of Labor, and went on strike.  With the assistance of the NGA, the students engaged other U.S. workers and labor and civil rights leaders to demand that McDonald’s take responsibility for the labor abuse.  Although McDonald’s has announced that Andy Cheung is no longer a franchisee in their system, the students have put forth reasonable requests from McDonald’s:

  1. That McDonald’s pay students back all the money they are owed, including the money they spent to come work for the company, unpaid overtime, and housing overcharges
  2. That the McDonald’s franchisee offer dignified wages and full-time work to its U.S. McDonald’s workers, who are struggling with low wages and too few hours
  3. That McDonald’s reveal all the guestworkers at its stores and sign an agreement guaranteeing basic labor standards, including nonretaliation against workers who organize to stop abuse

The truth is that guestworkers play an essential role in the U.S. workforce today.  However, all too often the abuses experienced by those like the J-1 students are indicative of problems that many U.S. workers currently confront.  Enacting federal legislation such as the “Protect Our Workers from Exploitation and Retaliation Act (POWER Act)” would strengthen whistleblower protections for guestworkers who speak out against workplace violations and employer abuse.

McDonald’s student guestworkers set up a petition outlining their demands and delivered them to McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson at his home in Illinois on March 26.  For more information, please visit the National Guestworker Alliance.

http://blog.nclr.org/2013/03/28/student-guestworkers-get-a-bitter-taste-of-america/

Student Guestworkers Demand Dignity for All Workers at McDonald’s CEO’s Front Door

McDonald’s J-1 guestworkers march on CEO’s home March 26

WHAT:  McDonald’s student guestworkers march on CEO Don Thompson’s home to demand high level meeting on ending labor abuses
WHO:  International student guestworkers; members of Workers Organizing Committee of ChicagoRestaurant Opportunities Center, and labor, community allies
WHERE:  CEO Don Thompson’s Home, 8000 South Drew Ave, Burr Ridge IL 60527
WHEN:     Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 5:30 p.m. CT

Chicago,IL At 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, J-1 student guestworkers who exposed severe exploitation and retaliation at McDonald’s restaurants will march on the home of CEO Don Thompson to personally deliver more than 100,000 petition signatures and demand an end to labor abuse.

The students delivered the petitions and demanded a high-level meeting at McDonald’s corporate headquarters yesterday, but Don Thompson refused to appear

At 5:30 p.m. they’ll bring their demands and petitions right to CEO Don Thompson’s home. Along with the petitions students will bring food from each of their countries to offer Don Thompson the cultural exchange that they were denied

McDonald’s student guestworkers from Latin America and Asia joined the National Guestworker Alliance as members and went on strike on Mar. 6 from the Central PA stores where they had worked, demanding that the fast food giant take responsibility for labor abuse at its restaurants. Their fight reached the pages of The NationNBC NewsNPR, and the Wall Street Journal.

Since going on strike on March 6th with a demonstration outside the Camp Hill, PA McDonalds where a number of students were employees, they and their allies have demonstrated at McDonald’s stores in Pittsburgh, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C..

The McDonald’s student guestworkers have traveled the country to build support, and are seeking a high-level meeting with McDonald’s on their demands:

  1. That McDonald’s pay students back all the money they are owed, including the money they spent to come work for the company, unpaid overtime, and housing overcharges;
  2. That the McDonald’s franchisee offer dignified wages and full-time work to its U.S. McDonald’s workers, who are struggling with low wages and too few hours;
  3. That McDonald’s reveal all the guestworkers at its stores, sign an agreement guaranteeing their basic labor standards, including non-retaliation against workers who organize to stop abuse;
  4. That the U.S. State Department protect future J-1 students by barring labor supplier GeoVisions from the J-1 program.
  5. That the U.S. State Department agree to create a policy protecting guestworkers from retaliation and deportation if they report workplace abuse.

“Employer retaliation almost blocked these students from exposing labor abuse. McDonald’s needs to disavow that retaliation and meet with the students directly,” said Saket Soni, executive director of the National Guestworker Alliance.

McDonald’s Guestworkers Hold Teach-In Against Employee Exploitation And Abuse
Progress Illinois

Ellyn Fortino
March 25, 2013

Some McDonald’s student guestworkers held a teach-in at the chain’s flagship store today in River North to show their solidarity for organizing Chicago fast-food workers and to expose the threats of deportation and severe exploitation they say they have faced at the hands of the company.

Standing in support of the guestworkers, members of the Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago, a union for downtown fast-food and retail workers that is pushing for a $15 minimum wage, discussed documented and undocumented workers’ rights to organize.

“We have rights with documents or without,” Lorraine Chavez, outreach coordinator with theFight for 15 campaign, told the student guestworkers, who originally worked in McDonald’s restaurants in central Pennsylvania, and their allies inside the Rock ‘n’ Roll McDonald’s.

The student guestworkers from Latin America and Asia pay up to $4,000 each to participate in the U.S. State Department’s J-1 visa program, expecting decent work and a cultural exchange. But instead, they say McDonald’s used them as a sub-minimum wage exploitable workforce.

“We are complaining, because there was a contract that we signed with the employer, and that contract was violated in several ways as regards to living conditions, transportation, working conditions and the number of hours that we were supposed to be working,” said Jorge Rios, an exchange student from Argentina working at McDonald’s as part of the J-1 visa program.

“We are demanding that the CEO of McDonald’s Don Thompson agree to meet with us in person, so that we can tell him about all the abuses that we suffer as McDonald’s workers.”

After the teach-in, the students and their supporters caravanned to McDonald’s headquarters in Oak Brook seeking a high-level meeting and to deliver a petition with 60,000 signatures demanding an end exploitative practices at McDonald’s.

Earlier this month, the student guestworkers working at McDonald’s stores in Pennsylvania joined the National Guestworker Alliance as members and went on strike, calling on the fast-food giant to take responsibility for labor abuse at its restaurants.

Student guestworkers said they’ve received as few as four hours of work a week at $7.25 an hour. And with housing deductions, their net pay is far below minimum wage, they said.

Other student guestworkers said they have experienced extremely long shifts with no overtime pay, in addition to inappropriate living conditions.

McDonald’s announced March 14th that it would sever ties with the franchisee that employed the students, said Elizabeth Parisian, policy director for Stand Up! Chicago, which helped coordinate today’s action.

“They found the courage to speak out and actually got the attention of corporate McDonald’s, which is kind of unusual,” she said, adding that it was also a “huge victory.”

McDonald’s USA released the following statement to Progress Illinois in response to today’s action:

We take the well-being of employees working in McDonald’s restaurants, including foreign student workers, seriously. We immediately addressed the allegations in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, upon learning of the situation, and the franchisee has agreed to leave the McDonald’s system. Additionally, we have offered to speak to the Harrisburg foreign student workers on an individual basis to try to address their issues.  We have also provided resources to all of our franchisees to ensure compliance with our brand values, as well as the letter and spirit of the State Department program, which brings foreign student workers to the U.S. McDonald’s company-owned restaurant policy is to not participate in the J-1 foreign student worker program, as either a sponsor or as a host employer.

Parisian, however, says the student guestworkers’ situation is a small part of a huge labor problem at McDonald’s.

“It’s not just this guestworker program that McDonald’s needs to be accountable for and needs to make changes to, but it’s also the fact that a lot of their McDonald’s employees are also living like guestworkers, basically with not enough to feed their families, keep a roof over their head; not enough to live a decent life at all,” she said.

She added that a good portion of McDonald’s workers may not speak English and are undocumented.

“This is something McDonald’s knows, and there’s a reason for that,” she said. “I think a lot of McDonald’s owners like to have a very vulnerable workforce, because it means never give them raises and give them bad working conditions, and basically exploit them because they think ‘Here’s a vulnerable population. They’re not going to speak out.’”

Tyree Johnson has worked at McDonald’s in Chicago for 21 years. He spoke with Progress Illinois about why he stands in solidarity with the guestworkers and why he’s fighting for a $15 minimum wage:

The students’ stop in Chicago is one of many destinations as they make their way around the country speaking with labor organizations and other McDonald’s employees.

“The work the guestworkers are doing is really, really important, not just for other guestworkers in their position, but also people who are living in this country every day [and working] in places like McDonald’s and experiencing the same conditions,” Parisian said.

http://progressillinois.com/quick-hits/content/2013/03/25/mcdonalds-student-guestworkers-lead-chicago-teach-against-exploitation

McDonald’s Student Guest Workers Abuse Stirs Protest
Building Bridges Radio

March 25, 2013

Click here to stream the program.

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.

http://www.buildingbridgesradio.blogspot.com/2013/03/mcdonalds-abuse-of-student-guest.html


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