Pay for McDonald’s employees not comparable | Letter to the editor

Posted 1/28/22

So, McDonald’s is paying $15 hour. Good for them and for their employees. 

It is not, however, a legitimate proxy when reporting on collective bargaining between the SEIU and the Port …

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Pay for McDonald’s employees not comparable | Letter to the editor

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So, McDonald’s is paying $15 hour. Good for them and for their employees. 

It is not, however, a legitimate proxy when reporting on collective bargaining between the SEIU and the Port Townsend School District. This is not about whether the district’s classified workers deserve higher wages, they do. It’s about responsible reporting. Taken at face value, McDonald’s employees and certain school district employees are compensated equally. 

Although, arguably, it was a quote, it is incumbent upon the journalist to peel a layer, or two, off the onion.

What can a career McDonald’s employee expect of their employer-sponsored pension? How much paid vacation, sick time and how many paid holidays do they receive? What is their protected process for addressing grievances? What are the key elements of their employer-sponsored health plan? 

Let’s not accept that $15/hour, without proper benefits, is good for America. Let’s also not dismiss the cost and value of a full and proper employee benefit package when telling the story.

Alec Jensen
PORT TOWNSEND

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