The world’s second largest employer tells the National Restaurant Association that it wishes to “advance, not impede” the conversation about wage increases.
According to CNBC, McDonald’s told the National Restaurant Association in a letter Tuesday that it will no longer participate in lobbying efforts against minimum wage hikes at the federal, state or local level.
The National Restaurant Association, of which McDonald’s remains a member, has lobbied against wage increases in at least 30 states, according to Politico. “The conversation about wages is an important one; it’s one we wish to advance, not impede,” Genna Gent, McDonald’s vice president of U.S. government relations, wrote, adding that McDonald’s believes wage increases “should be phased in and that all industries should be treated the same way.”
McDonald’s stance is announced while the franchise remains embroiled in a National Labor Relations Board lawsuit over alleged labor violations by franchisees, including punishing employees taking part in protests in favor of raising the minimum wage, according to Politico.
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