ROC United and #StopTheOtherNRA Campaign Call for McDonald’s to Leave National Restaurant Association at Shareholder’s Meeting

Shareholder Resolution Submitted on Requiring Alignment Between McDonald’s Corporate Values and Political Contributions

Today, with members of the #StopTheOtherNRA coalition, including Corporate Accountability International and Food Chain Workers Alliance, ROC has submitted a shareholders resolution that would require McDonald’s political contributions be made in a manner consistent with the company’s stated core values, which currently include a ‘commitment to nurturing employees, ethical business, and giving back to our communities.'

McDonald’s is just one of the Fortune 500 restaurant corporations in the National Restaurant Association -- the nation's most powerful employer lobby group and a front for corporations like McDonald's and full-service giant Olive Garden parent company Darden Restaurants, the largest employer of tipped restaurant workers in the world -- who due the NRA, are paid as low as $2.13 an hour, the federal rate for tipped workers since 1991.

As a leading member of the Other NRA, McDonald’s has furthered the NRA’s destructive lobbying agenda which consistently sacrifices workers’ rights -- throughout the entire restaurant industry -- their dignity, and public health to corporate greed by blocking minimum wage increases, preemptively banning paid sick day legislation, obstructing the advancement of women’s equality by opposing the Paycheck Fairness Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act, among others.

“It’s unacceptable that McDonald’s, a company known for poverty wages, unsafe working conditions, rampant discrimination and wage theft, is influencing policy at any level,” said Saru Jayaraman, co-founder and co-director of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United. “Nearly 1 in 2 restaurant workers -- from fast-food to full-service -- are forced to rely on public assistance to support themselves and their families, costing taxpayers close to $17 billion every year in what amounts to corporate subsidies for widespread inadequate wages. Yet the industry continues to post record breaking profits while CEOs get paid more in a single day than those who are its backbone -- fast-food workers, servers, bussers, bartenders, hosts, dishwashers , cooks -- will make in an entire year. Restaurant workers are rightly taking action because their industry is broken; the National Restaurant Association, with McDonald’s as a leading member, has been leading that destruction through their undue corporate influence over our entire political system.”

Earlier this week, ROC members and #StopTheOtherNRA activists demonstrated for fair wages at the McCormick Center during the largest restaurant industry trade-show of the year, hosted by the National Restaurant Association. Watch highlights of the actions here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpS16dnJN6s&feature=youtu.be

On April 15, nearly two-hundred restaurant workers and living wage activists convened in D.C. on the National Restaurant Association’s annual lobbying day to call on elected officials stop taking the lobby’s corporate cash. By setting up a pop-up restaurant in front of their public affairs conference, four intersections were blocked, successfully delaying the NRA’s busses of lobbyists from arriving to the Capitol to meet with policymakers. Watch the 4/15 action here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69CTnbzjZ78

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
REPORT -- THE PUBLIC COST OF LOW WAGES IN THE FULL-SERVICE RESTAURANT INDUSTRY

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Co-founded by leading workers’ rights advocate Saru Jayaraman (“One of the top 50 most influential people in the restaurant industry” – Nation’s Restaurant News) ROC United has grown to close to 14,000 worker-members across over 30 cities in the US, winning 15 worker-led campaigns, totaling $8 million in stolen tips and wages.

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