Letters: McDonald's and Living Wages

Dear McDonalds,

I am a middle-class white woman who lives in Texas. I don't know if you would consider me a frequent consumer, but I do get breakfast at your nearest franchise every Tuesday and Thursday morning when I drive back from my local YMCA. I love your sausage-and-egg biscuits almost as much as I love sunrises.

I know your corporation isn't perfect, but I've been pleased to see you using your corporate power to promote cruelty-free conditions for animals. I've also written positively about your presence in hospitals and how your food is valuable to my family when we're in unfamiliar places.

I am writing to strongly urge you to pay your workers a living wage of $15 an hour. I know your position thus far has been that your prices will go up, but I am a customer who would rather pay fair prices for her food in order to contribute to a better economy and a better America. And if I am willing to pay more, surely you and your executives can pay a little more back into the pockets of the workers who make you so successful?

Cruelty isn't just something that we care about when it comes to animals and chickens. Please support a living wage for your workers so that they can live comfortable lives and reinvest in our great country. I thank you for (hopefully) leading the industry in this important step.

Your customer,


Letter-writing is an activist activity that I engage in because I believe enough letters from enough people can prompt changes in behavior. I encourage readers to write their own letters, and they are welcome to borrow my words or link back to this post. Thank you. 


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