AOC in New Blast at McDonald's After Drive-thru Closes Over Worker Shortage

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez once again called out McDonald's for not offering all workers a living wage.

The congresswoman's latest criticism came after Zoe Samudzi shared a photo of a sign that was put up in the window of a McDonald's drive-thru on Twitter.

"Effectively immediately, we will not be open until 7:00 a.m. I am sorry about this, but we just don't have enough employees. As soon as we do, we will open again at 6. Thank you," the sign read.

"'It's almost impossible to find workers,' say at-will employers refusing to offer living wages, sick/hazard pay, parental leave, or reliable schedules while rents, childcare costs, & student debt reach record highs," Ocasio-Cortez wrote in response. "'We tried offering free coupons. What else can we possibly do?'"

“It’s almost impossible to find workers,” say at-will employers refusing to offer living wages, sick/hazard pay, parental leave, or reliable schedules while rents, childcare costs, & student debt reach record highs.

“We tried offering free coupons. What else can we possibly do?” https://t.co/G59xKMm2NN

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 22, 2021

McDonald's last month announced that it would raise hourly wages for more than 36,500 employees at company-owned locations by an average of 10 percent in the coming months, and average hourly wages are expected to hit $15 by 2024, McDonald's said.

Entry-level workers will make at least $11 per hour, while shift managers will make at least $15 per hour, McDonald's said.

However, the move sparked an outcry because the pay increases only affect workers at 650 company-owned restaurants in the U.S. and not the 95 percent of McDonald's restaurants—almost 14,000 locations—that are franchises.

Fight for $15, which is campaigning to raise the federal minimum wage, said the increases weren't enough and organized strikes in multiple cities across the U.S. ahead of McDonald's annual shareholders meeting last month.

The group also responded to Samudzi's tweet on Tuesday, tagging McDonald's in a post that suggested the company could solve its hiring challenges by offering "fair pay" and "union rights."

"You know, the stuff your employees have been demanding," the tweet added. "You should listen. We know what it's like to work there."

Dear @McDonalds

We have a solution to your hiring challenges.

• Fair Pay ($15 at least, everywhere)
• Union rights

You know, the stuff your employees have been demanding.

You should listen. We know what it's like to work there.#FightFor15 https://t.co/F2SNjyrOiW

— Fight For 15 (@fightfor15) June 22, 2021

Ocasio-Cortez backed striking McDonald's workers last month, and called out McDonald's for pay increases that only affect five percent of their workforce.

"We're not buying it, and we're not falling for it," Ocasio-Cortez said in a video posted online.

"And I'm here to tell McDonald's directly that you're not going to do this as a PR effort and you're not going to trick us into thinking that you're raising your minimum wage to $15 an hour for all your workers when you're only doing it for five percent.

"The United States Congress is not being tricked or duped into thinking that they have raised all their wages to $15, and we will not stop adding pressure until they listen to their workers and actually fulfil the demands that you all are asking for."

Ocasio-Cortez and McDonald's have both been contacted for additional comment.

AOC speaks with supporters in DC
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks with supporters during an event outside Union Station June 16, 2021 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images