Three months ago, Mariza Castro left Honduras. Today, she is on United States, and she has a job. Castro works behind the counter at McDonald’s. Speed is an important part of the work of life. Fast-food counter workers are expected to serve customers in less then a minute. At McDonald’s the say,”Work fast or you don’t last”.
Are McDonald’s workers lucky to have jobs? Or are they being exploited? The answer depends on who you talk to. McDonald’s does many good things. For Example, no other company hires more young people than McDonald’s more than half of its worker are under 20 year old. McDonald’s also has good record of being minority workers. Thirteen percent if its workers are black. This is better than any other U.S. Company.
But the burger housse has its critics as well. The pay bothered Edward Rodriguez. He worked for nearly a year at as Los Angeles McDonald’s. During that time he got only one 10-cent raise. ‘I used to joke that working for McDonlad’s is the closest thing to slave labor in the U.S. today’, the says. Today, most McDonald’s pay about $5,00 an hour. They hire new workers constanly. The restaurant has ni other choice because 70 percent of its worker quit or are fired every year.
But McDonald’s also gets its share of praise. Its best workers move up quickly. Just talk to 17-year-old Ameer Abdur Razaaq of Harlem, New York city. They call me, “Toung Crew Chief around my block”, he says, ‘Where else I can go at age and be in charge of this many people?’ He sees the job as the first steo in his career.
However, most McDonal’s crew member never make it to manager because the job pressure is so intense and the rewards so few. As one worker put it, the expect a lot and they don’t pay you much’.
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