McDonald's workers plan strike over coronavirus protections

Workers in 20 cities are planning a job action

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Workers at McDonald's restaurants in 20 cities will go on strike Wednesday to put pressure on the company to improve employee protections during the coronavirus outbreak, according to USA Today.

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The protest will take place a day before the company holds its annual meeting.

McDonald's workers have come down with the virus in 17 states, according to labor organizers.

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There is a survey that reportedly says up until early April, 42 percent said they were told not to wear masks and gloves by management.

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The Service Employees International Union supports the employee action and is organized by the "Fight for $15" minimum-wage labor campaign.

The company disputes the allegations by the workers, saying they are not representative of the 850,000 McDonald’s employees nationwide.

"It's unsurprising and unfortunate that the SEIU is yet again attempting to stir up media attention while being short on the facts," a McDonald's spokesperson told FOX Business. "The report they cite represents less than one thousandth of a percent of McDonald’s U.S. workers and the results are over 40 days old."

"While the SEIU is spending time sharing misinformation, McDonald's and our 2,000 franchisees are focused on keeping more than 800,000 crew and managers employed in safe environments to serve healthcare workers, first responders and communities during this pandemic," the spokesperson said.

PPE is in "ample supply" at all restaurants, according to the company.

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In an ad in the New York Times, McDonald's says "It is planning to open dining room at restaurants where permitted" and says its 14,000 locally owned restaurants are "putting safety first."