updated - October 18, 2019 Friday EDT
Back in 2015, McDonald’s announced that it was instituting a wage floor — whatever the local minimum wage was, workers at company-owned U.S. locations would earn at least $1 more. This was surprising news, as McDonald’s doesn’t really have a history of doing raises. It turned out that the hourly rate hike only affected a small percentage of employees (company-owned locations are only about 10 percent of stores), but the pledge was nonetheless mildly heartening to workers and labor activists, who’d already been protesting the chain’s low pay for more than a year.
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