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Ohio McDonald's Employees Get A Message With Their Paychecks: Vote For GOP Candidates

Business  (tags: Allen Schulman, Election 2010, Gop, McDonald's, Ohio McDonalds, Ohio McDonalds Republican, Business News )

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"If the right people are elected we will be able to continue with raises and benefits at or above our present levels," the insert said. "If others are elected we will not."


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wolfNoFwdsPls a (135)
Saturday October 30, 2010, 6:03 am
well, or rather: sadly, it seems, the a$$holes are taking (have taken?) over totalitarily, and they're using every method and all dirty tricks they can come up with, while " We have been too kind to those who are destroying [society and] the planet. We have been inexcusably, unforgivably, insanely kind. " (Derrick Jensen), and because " Sane, normal people don't need power trips. So the lunatics end up in charge of everything. " (J.P. Hogan)

methinks, it's high time for Change, for real, radical Change -- or it'll be " Requiem for the Species "

Caitlin M (104)
Sunday October 31, 2010, 2:00 pm
It's hard to know whether this was done to just "a handful of McDonald's employees" in Ohio by an idiot manager/boss or whether the McDonald's corporate headquarters knew about this occurrence and condoned it. Either way, it's a horrible thing to do...wrong to do on so many levels, including legally. It bothers me more on the human/moral level. It just indicates how far away we've come from neighbors hiring neighbors to help them do honest day's work for an honest day's pay, without interference in one's voting rights and proclivities!!

Similar things, perhaps more similar than I'd like to believe, occurred in my place of employment not so long ago. And I worked for a so-called liberal, non-profit organization that looked out for the mental health of its clients. As an employee, I was alerted to various happenings around the state and asked to participate in hearings before the state senate, etc.. It was all "voluntary" and I don't recall a specific threat to work or pay, but such urgings were put forth in the manner of simple 'information.' But they also wanted me to contribute to various charities and stated that their goal was "100% participation." One knew that they'd be looking at each of us (200-plus employees) to see whether we aided that goal or not. I found it, at the least, intrusive and lacking respect for individual employees rights. So it's not just a Right problem, but it certainly does seem to be a rights problem.

Thomas Rose (46)
Sunday October 31, 2010, 2:46 pm
What a crock of bull!! Threats and intimidation in the work place?? Cut it out, Mickey DD.

Richard S (0)
Sunday October 31, 2010, 3:15 pm
Wallyworld has done the same thing, telling employees that unless conservatives are elected, they, meaning the Wallies, wont be able to afford to provide benefits.

Linda Y (0)
Sunday October 31, 2010, 7:35 pm
At Amazon there were 6 tv's in the breakroom, all tuned to FOX news. One day I went to HR and complained - the next day 4 were tuned to other channels. Corporate brainwashing is unacceptable!

Melissah C (389)
Monday November 1, 2010, 3:06 am

Past Member (0)
Monday November 1, 2010, 12:37 pm
McDonald's bullying is secondary only to their efforts to kill off the US population with their super-sized junk food. Anyone want to start a franchise with me to rival McDonald's? We can call it VanVegan's and sell healthy food at popular prices and promise all employees political freedom.

Roseann d (178)
Monday November 1, 2010, 12:44 pm
Just as they try to coerce and suppress voter a prime example of how they will rule. Not a party of honor, not worthy of representing me. Certainly not worthy of office.

Dan S (9)
Monday November 1, 2010, 1:14 pm
For close to 15 years, I have made every effort possible to avoid restaurants owned by large corporations. The best restaurants are those owned and operated by local people.

pam M (98)
Monday November 1, 2010, 1:37 pm
The "right kind" of people? WT#? this is out and out coercion. It would be interesting to find out what knuckle dragging degree holding suit thought that this was a good idea. The Ronald MacDonald clown was an excellent choice to represent the organization it truly represents the company's make up. I rarely eat at fast food troughs due to low quality fattening crap being sold and shoveled out to the masses without care to the health risk to consumers.

Susan Ayres-Lynch (126)
Monday November 1, 2010, 2:16 pm
This should not have been done to ANY employee at all, whether it's one, a "handful" or company wide. We live in a democracy and there is no room for employers to tell their employees how to cast their votes.

Susan Ayres-Lynch (126)
Monday November 1, 2010, 2:31 pm
I just submitted the following letter to the McDonald's web site "Comments" form under "Social Responsibility Questions."

You have, no doubt, received feedback about the Canton franchise that is run by Paul Siegfried. Mr. Siegfried chose to coerce his employees into voting for the candidates he supports in Ohio's election by placing inserts in their paychecks to "inform" them of the so-called friendly votes. This is an egregious thing for him to have done, and to let it go with a slap on the wrist is not acceptable.

Mr. Siegrfried has apologized with the statement: "Distributing this communication was an error of judgment on my part. Please know, it was never my intention to offend anyone. For those that I have offended, I sincerely apologize."

This is not a matter of "offending anyone," and it is far more than an error in judgment. It is a matter of respecting people's freedom to vote for the candidates they choose.

No employer has the right to tell their employees how to vote in any election. I hope all of Mr. Siegfried's candidates lose their elections just to teach him a lesson.

I will share the story of Mr. Siegfried's "misjudgment" far and wide before
tomorrow's election. My prayer is that Ms. Brunner prosecute and win her case against this miserably misinformed franchisee.

Patricia B (21)
Monday November 1, 2010, 3:21 pm
Of course. All over the internet I hear Republicans complain of Democratic unions telling their members how to vote, yet never have I heard an on point story such as this. Again, a case of doing something while accusing others of doing it. I would boycott McDonalds if I ever ate their crappy food in the first place - which I don't.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Monday November 1, 2010, 3:40 pm
I believe that is illegal. It's irreprehensible even it's not illegal.

Past Member (0)
Monday November 1, 2010, 3:43 pm
How kind of them to offer decision making support like that.

donald Baumgartner (6)
Monday November 1, 2010, 3:44 pm
VOTE DEMOCRAT, Wally world and Mickey d's is too big anyways, they need to downsize if they mix employment with politics.

Justin R (0)
Monday November 1, 2010, 4:32 pm
Only a empty potato head would listen to anyone.

Poppy Smith (8)
Monday November 1, 2010, 4:33 pm
Hope there are some heads to roll on this one/noted/thanks

Robert O (12)
Monday November 1, 2010, 4:36 pm
I hope this was an incident that was confined only to Ohio and not something widespread, because it is wrong no matter how you wrap it up and spell it out.

Glyn P (58)
Monday November 1, 2010, 4:48 pm
What if you choose NOT to vote for a GOP candidate ? Does that mean you can't super size ?

John Williams (36)
Monday November 1, 2010, 6:26 pm
Another reason to avoid Mickey D's. As if their menu did not give you enough.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Monday November 1, 2010, 7:13 pm
Thanks for post Judy.

Hugh M (75)
Monday November 1, 2010, 7:33 pm
I find Caitlin's comment useful. This is a local outbreak of something that takes place everywhere. Managers are often convinced that their way is the right way and it takes little to extend that to thinking their employees should think and believe exactly what the manager does. Managing involves making things happen and there are psychological tests that show clearly that on average managers find it more difficult than the majority of people to understand and accept opinions that differ from their own. The whole culture of management in our society needs to shift from authoritarian to consensual.

Lionel G. (4)
Monday November 1, 2010, 7:41 pm
Where do I sign up to support boycotting McDonalds?

Toni C (508)
Monday November 1, 2010, 7:51 pm
Oh, hell NO! This is one of the problems with our voting system... there are too many opportunities to bully people into voting for a certain candidate or not voting at all. This needs to stop... the bullying needs to stop... the antagonists need to realize what they're doing to our country.

Geynell Eskite (68)
Monday November 1, 2010, 8:02 pm
If I were those employees, I'd have that employer in McCourt so fast, it would make his greedy little clown head spin.

Past Member (0)
Monday November 1, 2010, 11:13 pm

Christopher Fowler (82)
Tuesday November 2, 2010, 12:17 am
Now the Republicans are resorting to intimidation tactics. Why am I not surprised at the use of tactics similar to the KKK, Soviet Russians and Nazis?

Oh yeah, because they are not very different.

Norm C (74)
Tuesday November 2, 2010, 1:33 am
Screw McDonalds. I try never to eat there anyway. This only adds more reasons to avoid that hellhole.

Edward M (8)
Tuesday November 2, 2010, 2:52 am
and don't buy takeaways from anyone else; haven't we heard about this type of "persuasion" before, during the turn of the last century.

Charlene Rush (2)
Tuesday November 2, 2010, 10:17 am
Who is foolish enough to believe that Big Business is 'looking out' for the little guy. If Big Business doesn't like President Obama, that enough for me to SUPPORT him. _CASE CLOSED._

Charlene Rush (2)
Tuesday November 2, 2010, 10:20 am
Mr. Siegfried should be smart enough to know, that his actions were not only insulting, they were foolish. Teenages, especially, have a tendency to do the oposite of what they are told. DUMB, DUMB, DUMB!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 2, 2010, 12:37 pm
There is more of this going on in all corporates, subtle and not so subtle.

Jen S (121)
Tuesday November 2, 2010, 12:55 pm
You certainly can't accuse the Republicans of subtlety...but then we already knew that.

This is overt, old-school voter intimidation; where is the formal investigation, followed by the special prosecutor? Even for Ohio, where the devil himself would be elcted if he ran as a Republican, this is crass, blatant and incredibley stupid.
Trying to intimidate the average teen is as productive as listening to the collected speeches of Sarah Palin; most of them will choose to do the diametric opposite of the objective, and they will do so publically! Also, those teenagers have parents who may actively resent the exploitation of their offspring by cynical, heavy-handed political sleazes.

Barbara F. (0)
Tuesday November 2, 2010, 12:57 pm
I hope nobody comes out with some negative propoganda or employee manipulation about El Polo Loco - the only fast food establishment that I still will eat from. Most of us on this site probably wouldn't eat at McDonalds anyway but now I fear I can't justify going thru the drive thru for a cup of coffee on my way to work.

Ginger Strivelli (20)
Tuesday November 2, 2010, 2:15 pm
Any hourly wage worker who votes for the GOP is doing themselves harm. The GOP is 'for' the big business corporate greed millionaires.

Margaret B (9)
Tuesday November 2, 2010, 2:17 pm
Reid is passing out food and gift certificates at his rallies. And he promised Univision that he will pass the Dream act in a lame duck so he could get the illegals to vote for him. Is this any worse than a McDonalds in Ohio?
At least Tea Partiers are trying to stop the corruption and graft in politics. And we mean in both parties. But all you people do is search for something bad about Reps and ignore everything the Dems do. You make a big deal about what Palin spent on clothes and say nothing about Michelles extravagant trip to Spain. She could have at least spent the money in America to help our economy. She spent your money. Palin didn't.

Janet R (38)
Tuesday November 2, 2010, 4:12 pm
I have laugh, all the tea party and GOP people are screaming that Obama is a socialist, I guess because he got the healthcare bill passed but if you look at the way many of these people operate, they seem like socialists. McDonalds is case in point. They have no right telling their employees how to vote. Look at the way they treat animals. I am glad I don't eat that crap.

Marilyn K (50)
Tuesday November 2, 2010, 4:19 pm
Now that the supreme court has sanctioned endless money to big corporations there will be no stopping them from threats and pandering to the fears of their employees for their own benefit.

Kathlene Lentz (30)
Tuesday November 2, 2010, 5:28 pm
He didn't intend to "offend" anyone? How about a not-so-subtle threat? And an outright law-breaker, at that.

Anne K (139)
Tuesday November 2, 2010, 5:39 pm
Susan L. - You cannot currently send a star to Susan because you have done so within the last week.

Diane L (110)
Tuesday November 2, 2010, 11:51 pm
Seriously, people, why should McDonald's be called on the carpet for trying to influence anyone to vote so it will benefit them? Every large company, labor union, organization, does the same thing! As a retired Teamster, I'm still getting newsletters and flyers telling me where to shop, and how to vote! My former employer never went that far, but the union always has sent out stuff during elections to recommend who they favor. Same with the cops, fire departments, etc. So, if I vote other than how the County Cops want me to, does that mean next time I call 911 they won't respond? If my fire department recommends a certain candidate & I vote for the other guy, does that mean if my house catches on fire, they won't bother showing up to fight it?

This is simply campaigning. No way would Walmart know how their employees vote, so how on earth can they feel "threatened"?

SANJA l (96)
Wednesday November 3, 2010, 12:47 am
It is the way to inslave people and keep them frightened.

c fraser (49)
Wednesday November 3, 2010, 9:00 am
Sounds almost like THIS way or else.

Johnny S (19)
Friday November 5, 2010, 12:08 pm
"This is overt, old-school voter intimidation; where is the formal investigation, followed by the special prosecutor?"

Well, Jenny,,,as you know we are going to look forward, not backward. This, apparently, would be true even if McDonald's had decided to beat and waterboard their employees who dared vote for Dems. He needn't even appologize! He could just say I did it and I'd do it again!
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