Do Fries Go with that Shake?

“What Revolution in food?”  You might well ask.  All over the country, spiffy restaurants open their doors to hawk “tasting menus” of sustainable, organic, local, and humanely raised This-And-That.  I’ve always been a more “That” man than a “This” man, but more about that later.

The big news?

Micky D’s, yo, is hiring.  Hiring to the tune of 50,000 jobs nationally in one day.  TODAY: APRIL 19tTH, MCDONALDS NATIONAL HIRING DAY.  That is a whole lot of fries, shakes, burgers, and secret sauce.  The company has 14,000 restaurants in the United States.  Today’s hiring of 50,000 people will increase their workforce from 650,000 to 700,000 employees.

Average pay: $8.30, compared to the federal minimum wage of $7.35.  A forty-hour week, pre taxes and benefits taken out, yields a gross pay of $330.  Yikes!  A fifty week year yields an annual gross pay of $16,600.  You try living on that.  Go on, see how long you last before you go out on disability.

Yet, that is where we are at in today’s thriving economy.  A job is a job is a job.

Google this information and state by state you see the announcements: “McDonald’s is hiring 1300 in Connecticut!”  “McDonald’s is hiring 500 in Kentucky!”  “McDonald’s is hiring 2200 in Massachusetts!”

Why now?

According to The Boston Globe: “McDonald’s officials say they are in need of so many new employees because of growing demand — comparable US sales in the fourth quarter of 2010 increased 4.4 percent over the year before.”

Look, it’s not a dead end job.  According to The Boston Globe: “More than three-quarters of McDonald’s restaurant managers and half its franchise owners started off as crew members.”  Mind, the company doesn’t say how long that advancement took, nor what happened to the folks who didn’t get promoted, nor whether folks of color or women were adequately represented in the promotions, nor what the figures are like over decades, nor what the employment looks like state by state or level of education of the employee.

As George Clinton said: “Do Fries Go with that Shake?”

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