McDonald’s US president says California’s newly created fast-food council that could raise minimum wage to $22 at its restaurants ‘hurts everyone’

  • McDonald’s US president said California’s fast-food council is unfair and “hurts everyone.”
  • The fast-food council would be able to raise minimum wage up to $22 at McDonald’s and other chains.
  • Joe Erlinger said increasing wages is “not bad,” but warned it could increase the cost of fast-food.

In a letter published on Wednesday, Joe Erlinger, the president of McDonald’s US, said California’s bill to set up a 10-person fast food council is “lopsided, hypocritical and ill-considered,” and “hurts everyone.”

“As President of McDonald’s USA, it may come as a surprise to hear that I support raising minimum wages for workers,” Erlinger wrote. “In fact, I welcome legislation that increases wages for all workers.”

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