An elderly friend who's retirement fund was wiped out has to work at a Eugene, OR. McDonalds to make ends meet. She works hard. Up at 4 AM, 5 days a week. She has worked there for over 3 years. Her Christmas bonus was a 3" stocking with a few candy canes and a certificate for a free meal at McDonalds. Is this the kind of company you would support. Not me.
I can't get past the "retirement fund was wiped out" statement. How was it wiped out? Did she sell everything at the bottom? I sat on my 401k funds and IRA stocks through the downturn, and all have returned to pre-recession levels. Sure, I've made some changes, but I didn't lock in horrific losses like a lot of people did.
Here's how it works. I invest in a company and expect a return. If I don't think I'll get a decent return I'll invest elsewhere. If I invest elsewhere, and the rest of the investors in the world, who tend to think like I think, decide to do the same, company #1 is no longer around, and the jobs they were providing are no longer around either.
Having been broke and having worked hard for low pay in the past, I do sympathise with your friends' plight, but her employer didn't get her into her current situation and has no responsibility to get her out. Her employer has a duty to treat her just like they treat any other employee, and if they are doing that there is no justification for her to complain.
If you don't agree you are free to take your business elsewhere, and if enough people follow your lead, the store will close and the employees will be looking for a new job.
I think your reasoning is flawed because of the emotional pull this issue seems to have for you.
Steve, what would expect the 'bonus' to be. I think that they gave anything at all is a nice gesture. We're talking about a job near the bottom of the rung; now there's certainly nothing wrong with that, but at the same time you cannot expect it to command a Christmas/year-end bonus you may be accustomed to seeing elsewhere. This is especially true in today's economic climate.
For a lot of folks the fact that they have held onto or gotten a job is bonus enough...
Wow she worked there for 3 whole years!!!? I figured they would have got her a new car. Or maybe just maybe a job for an elderly person who wont be able to find work elsewhere is good enough? Places like MCD or WMT who do hire old people and not just high school kids like a taco bell would should be a good thing.
It's morons like you that condone this behavior. Maybe you can make a penny more by shafting the employees. I don't think there is enough of us out hear to bring McDonalds down, but maybe they might think about treating there people better.