Rep. Omar Laments Low Pay of McDonald's Employees Who Work ’40 Hours a Day’

By CNSNews.com Staff | February 8, 2019 | 4:17pm EST
Rep. Ilhan Omar in the House Education and Labor Committee, Feb. 8, 2019. (Screen Capture)

(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Ilhan Omar (D.-Minn.) said in a Thursday morning hearing of the House Education and Labor Committee that the Chief Executive Officer of McDonald’s gets paid $21.8 million a year while the median earnings for workers at the restaurant chain “who put in 40 hours a day” is $7000 per year.

The hearing was examining the possibility of lifting the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour.

On Thursday evening, Omar tweeted out a video clip of her talking at the hearing about McDonald's workers who put in “40 hours a day.” Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D.-Mich.) then retweeted Omar’s tweet.

Omar made the remark—which she then Tweeted in the video clip--in an exchange with Terrence Wise, a McDonald's worker from Missouri, who was testifying at the hearing.

Here is a transcript of that tweeted clip:

Rep. Omar: “So, the CEO of McDonald's gets paid $21.8 million. Can you share with us what someone in your position at McDonalds gets paid annually?

Wise: “Not that much. Not even a fraction of that. But I make $11 an hour at my job.”

Omar: “So the median pay for a McDonald's worker was $7,000 in 2017. And that is the pay gap between the CEO who is making $21.8 to the $7,000 that a worker who has put in 40 hours a day gets paid. And to me that just morally does not sit well.”

In her Tweet that included the video of this exchange, Omar said: “In 2017, the CEO of McDonalds got paid $21.8 million. The median pay for a McDonald’s worker that year was $7,000. This is a moral outrage. We need a $15 minimum wage so that no one is paid a poverty wage.”

Rep. Rashida Tlaib retweeted Omar’s tweet without commenting on it.

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