Raising the Minimum Wage for Working Men and Women in California and the Rest of America

Errors in McDonald's Wage Analysis

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On Monday, The Huffington Post published a story entitled “Doubling McDonald’s Salaries Would Cause Your Big Mac To Cost Just 68¢ More.” HuffPost has since learned that the research used as the basis of the story contains significant errors that cast doubts on its claims. This story has replaced the one originally published in this space.
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A typical fast-food restaurant spends 30 to 35 percent of its income on labor,according to a recent release from the Employment Policies Institute, a research organization whose work is often cited by those who argue against increasing the minimum wage. The institute estimates that small-business owners who run McDonald’s franchises spend about a third of their income on wages, which would mean the price of a Big Mac would go up by $1.28 to $5.27.
• Category: National • Tags: Fast-Food