McDonald's pay rise gets mixed reviews

MINNEAPOLIS - Word of McDonald's pay raises isn't sitting well with all workers.

Starting in July wages will be a dollar more than the local minimum wage. Employees will also get paid time off. But there's a catch. The changes are for workers at company-owned locations only. McDonald's says they don't control pay or hiring practices at franchised locations. That sparked a small protest outside a McDonald's in Uptown.

"There can be no denying that this will be helpful for some workers but the reality is that this is just not enough and it's not a genuine effort on McDonald's part to address the reality that workers at their stores are facing," Veronica Mendez-Moore, co-director of the Center of Workers United in Struggle, said.

Franchise owner Mike Darula said via a written statement that he believes the wage increase is a meaningful first step and respects people's right to peacefully protest.

Employees are planning a big rally in two weeks to keep fighting for what they call a living wage.


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