Skip to main content

A report released last week shows that the fast-food industry costs American taxpayers nearly $7 billion annually because its jobs pay so little that 52 percent of fast food workers are forced to enroll their families in public assistance programs. In the companion report by the National Employment Law Project, McDonald’s front-line workers receive $1.2 billion in public assistance, such as Medicaid, TANF and Foodstamps. In response to these reports, a handful of fast-food workers dressed as a familiar fast-food clown, accompanied by a dozen other fast-food workers and community people delivered an invoice to McDonald’s locations all over the St. Louis area, for $1.2 billion stating if McDonald’s paid their workers more they would not have to rely on public assistance.

Ben and David Patterson, a couple clowns, are forced to rely on food stamps because their low-wage jobs don’t pay them enough to feed themselves. David, who has worked for McDonald’s for two years, said, “I went on strike because I want to feed my family without government assistance, so we don't have to depend on other people and still struggle.” Last September, after David went on strike his hours were cut from almost 40, to 4. Clergy, community members, and other fast-food workers galvanized enough support for the owner of his McDonald’s to come out and guarantee that his hours would be restored. “This has been the opportunity of a lifetime. I had fun and am still having fun with it. I'm a part of this campaign all the way, because we can't survive on 7.35.”  

Workers at the McDonald's saw the clowns and invoice and decided to join the movement for $15 and a union. They'll soon be card carryin', 'fro wearin members of St. Louis Can't Survive on $7.35!

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site