McDonald's this week announced a modest increase in wages for employees who work at one of the 1,500 corporately-owned outlets. The company will increase pay to at least $1 over the local legal minimum wage for workers in its non-franchise resturants to an average of $9.90 an hour by July 1. The move came in the wake of protests and strikes from thousands of fast-food workers across the nation. "All over this country McDonald’s is paying its workers abysmally low wages. While a 10% increase is a step in the right direction, it goes nowhere far enough," Sen. Bernie Sanders said.
Sanders said McDonald's should raise wages even higher for all of its workers within the next several years, and credited grass-roots activists for increasing the pressure on fast-food corporations. "I would hope that within the next several years, no worker at McDonald’s will make less than $15 an hour. I applaud all fast-food workers who have stood up and fought for their rights."