McDonalds Employees threatened if Republicans don't win.

United States
October 29, 2010 9:53pm CST
Just when you thought the republicants wouldn't go any lower - they have yet another form of voter intimidation. Employers telling their hard working employees they won't receive raises or benefits if the republicans don't win. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/10/29/voter-intimidation-mcdonalds-republican_n_776187.html This should appall all of you.
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@quinnkl (1668)
• United States
10 Nov 10
IF it is true, then yes I am angry about it. That is like buying votes. That is illegal. Something should be done about that if true.
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• United States
12 Nov 10
The political climate in this country is really awful. And people will continue to get away with things like this. It's very saddening.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
30 Oct 10
We all have our own political opinions. We should not force our views onto others. nobody should ever feel threatened because of their political stands. we are all free to choose.
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@ZephyrSun (7387)
• United States
30 Oct 10
I was just reading about this a little while ago and I was very surprised that an employer would actually come out and do that. My husband's employer hints at it, the VP even talks about how bad the Democrats are for businesses but, even his crappy company hasn't done this. If the AG doesn't do something to this McDonald's I'm sure that many companies will see that they can get away with it and more of it will be happening.
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@spalladino (17927)
• United States
30 Oct 10
Voter intimidation of any kind is something that everyone should stand together against. I noticed that franchise owner Paul Siegfried did not apologize for attempting to force his employees to vote for specific candidates who he supported but for "offending"?
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
30 Oct 10
What is the difference between this and the Union telling me in a mailing that if I elect a Republican my job will be at stake. This is sent in a letter to me because they have my name and address(required by law that I give it because I was forced to join the Union). I live in a state that is not a Right To Work state, once a Union is voted in I have to pay my "Fair Share" of negotiating the contract. When figured out I have to pay all but one dollar of the Union Dues. At least McDonald's was not asking the employees to pay for the cost of printing and postage to receive the information.
• United States
30 Oct 10
The difference is that unions are in place to protect you. What they did was a violation of ethics, and they are also misinforming their employees.
@ZephyrSun (7387)
• United States
30 Oct 10
Well actually unions are not bobs employer and they really don't control his wages. Union contracts may contain pay raises but, that is something that employees vote on.
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@Latrivia (2890)
• United States
30 Oct 10
No, what they said in the letter was that certain candidates would allow McDonald's to continue growing financially, thus allowing for better benefits. Here's a pdf copy of the letter: http://media2.newsnet5.com/uploads/wews_mcdonalds-letter.pdf In other words: If certain candidates win, their policies would allow the company to grow and pay more. If those candidates don't win, their policies would affect the company negatively, limiting the amount business growth or money they can give their employees. The letter doesn't say anywhere that they won't receive raises or benefits. It's not a threat, but it is intimidation. Regardless, the franchise owner is guilty of breaking the law. They are not allowed to influence employees with political messages the way they did.
• United States
30 Oct 10
How would it be that the candidates who don't support a minimum wage would help these employees?
@Latrivia (2890)
• United States
30 Oct 10
I would imagine that these particular candidates had policies the owner felt were financially beneficial for businesses. The most probable line of logic would be "more money for the business = more money for the employees". I don't know why this man felt these politicians were the right choice, I can only guess at his reasoning.
• Belgium
30 Oct 10
Like HawaiiGopher said, I don't think we can call this voter intimidation, because they just say that the Republicans are the best choice to help McDonalds with the raises and benefits, but they are not saying the the employees should vote for the Republicans. If the letter said "Vote Republican or you're fired", we could call this voter intimidation, but not in this case I think.
• United States
31 Oct 10
It left the employees/voters with the impression that voting democratic would serve against them. It was voter manipulation in the very least.
• Belgium
30 Oct 10
To be fair, they did include, "As always, who you vote for is completely your personal decision and many factors go into your decision." I don't know if I'd call this voter intimidation. Did they threaten employees with lay-offs?
• United States
31 Oct 10
I think it is intimidation, and reckless. It is possible that the employees were not keeping up with the election, and this may have been implanting a vote in their heads when they go to the ballots. The GOP has already tried this by targeting the Latin vote, telling them to stay home and not vote. They are trying to get the GLBT vote to stay home, and in some cases, they are, because DADT is so heated, but most realize the republicans won't do anything to advance gay rights. The Obama administration has been the most gay-friendly. Luckily, someone reported this owner, so we are coming out saying we can't be bought, intimidated, puppeteered, discouraged, dissuaded, or manipulated into voting Republican or staying home. Sadly, voting third party this election would put us all in danger, and the independents will make this election this year.
• United States
30 Oct 10
This is sooo wrong. Employers should completely stay of politics when it comes to their employees. Politics do not belong in the work place. He is also abusing his power as their boss. Hopefully charges get brought against him. Do you know if any of the employees have contacted law enforcement about this?