McDonald's McPressure: Employees Told to Vote GOP or Else

McDonald's owner Paul Siegfried handed employees more than their paychecks. It was some political McPressure in the battleground state of Ohio.

Included with the paychecks from the Canton, Ohio, McDonald's were handbills stating that if the GOP didn't win the midterms, employee pay and benefits would suffer. The names of three GOP candidates to vote for were included. One employee sent the material to a lawyer. Outed, Siegfried backed down and apologized. McDonald's issued a statement that it had not been aware of the material and such distribution was not part of company policy.

But the legal mess is just beginning. And, given the way the law plays out in employment matters, it could go beyond the individual owner to the deeper pocket of McDonald's Inc. The employee's lawyer has contacted the head of the city of Canton law department and cited state and federal laws against corporate advocacy during elections. If a class action lawsuit is filed, this could be one of the most closely watched employment matters in the country as well as around the world. In nations like France and the United Kingdom, there is considerable labor unrest.

In addition, you have to wonder how McDonald's will deal with Siegfried because of this hit to its brand name.

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Pattygal05

Glad I never do business with them!

April 10 2011 at 2:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
raccoon034

You are full of crap. it is the DEMORATS, that has the country in the state it is. ALL THIS HANDOUTS, no one working, want everything for nothing. Oh yes and the politicians getting all these FAT SALARIES, for sitting and doing nothing. Criminals are running the country, and decent people have to work their butts off to make ends meet.

November 13 2010 at 2:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John F

Winston-Salem State University sent an e-mail to all it students encouraging them to vote for and work for Democratic candidates. Clear violation of state law and university policy. They apologized and sent re-traction e-mails.

November 04 2010 at 8:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
HereAgain

I don't know what the big deal is. Unions have been telling their members how to vote for years.

November 03 2010 at 3:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pd39

How do you demean a whole company??

Print the same story day after day after day after day. It makes one isolated incident look like corporate policy.

Get a life and get a new story, please. Or just stoy "writing."

November 03 2010 at 2:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JEB BUCKINGHAM

Ronald McDonald should be kicked to the curb!

November 03 2010 at 1:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris

Frank, would you believe that McDonalds is one of the largest companies that hires illegal immigrants? Wendy's and Wal-Mart are also high on the list. I'm not sure how unions got into this subject but if your feel good about patronizing super-wealthy companies that pay their employees poorly and try to bully them into voting a certain way, that's your business.

November 03 2010 at 12:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Comtessa de Metoncula

Glad that I don't eat their shit anyway and never have!
My grandchildren are forbidden to eat there...

November 03 2010 at 12:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
KiKi L

I was told here in central Fla. that the christian coalition sent church members a flyer on how to vote. Not that you have to vote that way but, then you have to deal with the wrath of hell. But ive learned that GOPs have to be told how to vote.{you know loss of brain cells} What ever happened to church and politics being seperate?

November 03 2010 at 12:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
silvana quintero

You vote your conscious or you vote your political party!
Or you educate yourself on what is on the ballot for your city, county or state where you live!
YOU NEVER KISS AND TELL!
At least that is how I was raised!!!
And no one has the right to tell you or coerce you on how to vote, ie: employers, unions or otherwise!!!

November 03 2010 at 12:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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