McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook said Thursday he was “incredibly proud” of a recent decision to bump pay for some workers, even as hundreds of protesters outside called on the company to do more ahead of its annual shareholder meeting.
About two thousand McDonald’s workers demonstrated for higher wages at the chain’s corporate headquarters in Oak Brook, reports WBBM’s Steve Miller.
During a 23-minute video message posted online Monday, Easterbrook said the company’s structure is too “cumbersome” and that it can no longer afford its “legacy structure.”
A series of protests across the country was planned for Wednesday, as activists planned their biggest push yet for a $15-an-hour minimum wage.
Approximately 90,000 McDonald’s employees working at company-owned stores will start getting slightly larger paychecks this summer, and will even receive paid vacation, as the fast food chain seeks to attract more reliable workers.
McDonald’s says it’s raising pay for workers at its company-owned U.S. restaurants, making it the latest employer to sweeten worker incentives in an improving economy.
The Oak Brook, Illinois-based company says it expects the new “Artisan Grilled Chicken” to be in its more than 14,300 U.S. stores by the end of next week, in products including a new sandwich, as well as existing sandwiches, wraps and salads.
The Oak Brook-based company said in a statement that the test is in response to customers who have said they’d like to eat breakfast foods outside the typical morning hours that they are served.
McDonald’s workers in 19 cities have filed complaints over burns from popping grease, a lack of protective equipment and other workplace hazards, according to labor organizers.
The Oakbrook-based company says the chicken change will take place within the next two years. It says suppliers will still be able to use a type of antibiotic called ionophores that keep chickens healthy and aren’t used in humans.
McDonald’s Corp. on Wednesday tapped Chief Brand Officer Steve Easterbrook as its new president and CEO to succeed Don Thompson.
The Oak Brook-based hamburger chain reported falling earnings and sales for its fourth quarter on Friday and says it is going to take action this year to save money and bring customers back.
Fast food and home healthcare workers were rallying in the River North neighborhood early Thursday, hoping to keep the pressure on state lawmakers to raise the minimum wage.
McDonald’s, which is recalling the Happy Meal toys, said about 2.5 million whistles were manufactured, but most were not sent to restaurants.
McDonald’s is partnering with Grant Imahara, a former cast member of the TV show Mythbusters, to answer consumers’ questions on food at the restaurants in a series of online videos.
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McDonald’s says a global sales figure fell 2.5 percent in July, dragged down by persistent weakness in the U.S. and a food safety scandal in China. The results reflect what is likely to be just the beginnings of the fallout from a Chinese food scandal late last month.
The Oak Brook, Illinois-based company had previously said it expected the sales measure to be “relatively flat” for the year.
OSI Group, based in Aurora, Illinois, will create a “quality control center” at its Shanghai Husi Food Co., and will spend 10 million yuan ($1.6 million) on a food safety education campaign. A Shanghai TV station reported last week that Husi sold expired beef and chicken to restaurants including McDonald’s and KFC.
Fast food workers are attending a first-ever convention in Villa Park today… as they discuss ways to escalate their growing campaign for better wages, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.