McDonald’s sells itself as the ultimate happy place. But this election season, a local McDonald’s franchise in Canton, Ohio is telling employees how to keep the company happy: vote Republican.
Along with their recent paychecks, employees received a pamphlet from their employer on company letter head that stated “as the election season is here, we wanted you to know which candidates will help our business grow in the future.” While pointing out that the vote is the employee’s “personal decision,” the pamphlet explicitly states, “if the right people are elected we will be able to continue with raises and benefits at or above our present levels. If others are elected we will not”:
Answer by Izsarejman at 9:08 AM on Nov. 1, 2010
That's really disturbing. I can see the employees being unduly influenced by that pamphlet. It's wrong, but the damage is done. Politics just keeps getting dirtier and dirtier. I hate McDonalds for so many reasons. They are harmful to the environment, with every step of their businesses. They are bad for the American diet, and their influence is tearing at the fabric of other nations where they are setting up their businesses. The only bright light that company shines is on the Ronald McDonald House charities, but those are run mostly through donations, so except for the name attached, McDonalds has little to do even with those.
Answer by jsbenkert at 9:19 AM on Nov. 1, 2010
Answer by jesse123456 at 10:44 AM on Nov. 1, 2010
Unions pressure their members to vote Democrat. Not right either in my opinion. My poor bil was hurt and his union reps would not help him at all they said they don't help Republicans. He paid his dues same as everyone else but he has a mind of his own and that is frowned upon. He knew when he registered as a Republican it would mean trouble for him even at meetings they tell the people to vote Democrat or they won't get help when they need it. The past 8 years have been rough for him you either conform when in a union or suffer the consequences. I don't think McDonald's is right in doing what they did but they certainly are not as bad as 90 percent of all unions.
Answer by tabekat at 3:30 PM on Nov. 1, 2010
Answer by kerp1960 at 10:28 AM on Nov. 1, 2010
I feel they have a right to know their job is in real jeopardy.
There is an appropriate and legal way to get the message out. (1) check with company lawyer to know the boundaries (2) provide information on specific issues and how they impact the companies future (within the lawyers boundaries)... There is a way. Unions walk that line. Corporations/Franchise Owners can and should, as well. If unions are going to do it, I think more companies should as well...
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:41 AM on Nov. 1, 2010
From the article:
"The fast food chain's corporate headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill., quickly condemned the action by Canton franchisee Paul Siegfried, saying it violated company policy."....
"Shirley Rogers Reece, general manager for the company's Ohio region, said McDonald's had no knowledge that the handbill was being distributed.".....
So, it was one guy at one McDonald's and not the corporate headquarters, endorsed by McDonald's or condoned by McDonald's.
Spin, nothing but spin.
Answer by jesse123456 at 11:14 AM on Nov. 1, 2010
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