How McDonald’s is Failing to Keep Its Workers Safe from COVID-19

Over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, hundreds of thousands of McDonald’s employees have continued coming to work, helping the country’s largest fast food chain to consistently operate amid the health crisis. While the company closed 25 percent of its global stores, 99 percent of its US locations have remained open.1 Despite workers’ exposure to a range of health and safety risks, McDonald’s has maintained that its employees’ safety is of paramount concern for the company. McDonald’s US President Joe Erlinger, for instance, asserted in March that “While we continue to serve our communities, the safety, wellness and economic security of our customers and employees is our top priority as it has been throughout our 65-year history and especially today.”

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