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n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 12:01 PM
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McDonald's takes aim at "McJob" with U.S. hiring spree
By Lisa BaertleinPosted 2011/04/04 at 12:06 pm EDT

LOS ANGELES, Apr. 4, 2011 (Reuters) Fast-food chain McDonald's Corp announced a one-day spring hiring spree aimed at fighting the use of the term "McJob" as shorthand for describing low-wage, dead-end work.

The global restaurant chain said it plans to hire as many as 50,000 new U.S. employees -- ranging from restaurant crew to managers -- on April 19. The move would increase the hamburger company's U.S. workforce by 7.7 percent to 700,000, but such hiring is typical in the lead up to the busy summer months.

"Our total hires are similar to past years, but the goal of hiring 50,000 people in one day across the U.S. is unique," McDonald's spokeswoman Ashlee Yingling told Reuters.

The April hiring event is preparation for the busy summer months. "But these are not just seasonal jobs. It's a mix of permanent and temporary jobs," Yingling said.

http://www.newsdaily.com/stories/tre7332mq-us-mcdonalds...
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Raven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 12:03 PM
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1. So, more efforts to make us all fat and poor or fatter and poorer. Brilliant!
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Lost-in-FL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 12:21 PM
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5. No one is forcing anyone to eat McDonalds. nt
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phantom power Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 12:04 PM
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2. rofl -- "often more than $8/ hour" -- be still my heart!
Wow, guys, you sure are kicking the ass of that whole "McJob" meme!

:rofl:
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rfranklin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 12:24 PM
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6. That's $15,000 a year! Big money!
Why take home pay would probably be almost $250 a week after deductions!
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n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 12:48 PM
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7. Gramps- "Why, I remember I made less than that at my first job!"
"I don't understand what all you young'uns are complaining about! I had my Studebaker and a good apartment on that wage!"
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rfranklin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 12:55 PM
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8. this gramps made $5400 on the first corporate job in 1971...
I put that in the inflation calculator and it would be $28,641 today. Of course salaries have not kept up with inflation.

It was a meager existence on that salary. I can't imagine trying to live on $15,000 today.
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n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:09 PM
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11. Exactly
Too many people seem to forget about inflation. It is the same when they start complaining about 50K/yr jobs being "extravagant". Or $28/hr jobs being "luxurious"

Maybe if the housing crash keeps going housing will go back to 1970's levels. Unfortunately gas, food and medical bills won't.
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Shagbark Hickory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 12:04 PM
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3. Oh look, see? The tax cuts wor-... oh wait never mind.
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Erose999 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 12:07 PM
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4. Well I guess Agent Orange finally solved unemployment. Now the 99'ers can just go flip burgers

at Mickey D's for 3-4 months, for less than they were making on unemployment. When these temporary McJobs run out, and they don't get any unemployment after that, the unemployment numbers will go down.

That orange bastard is a goddamn genius!

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snooper2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 01:02 PM
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9. So how does offering 50,000 McJobs at the same time
fight back against the McJob meme?

Somebody needs fired in their Marketing dept.
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 01:26 PM
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10. I smell a McSnowjob.
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Nye Bevan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:09 PM
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12. Lots of snarky responses. But my first job was worse than working at McDonalds, and paid much less.
Edited on Mon Apr-04-11 03:10 PM by Nye Bevan
I guess I'm the only DUer who sees this as good news. :shrug:
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n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:24 PM
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13. It's great so long is it is your first job
and not your last.
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