New Business Item 24 (2019)Defeated
NEA will support and stand in solidarity with McDonald’s workers who are organizing for dignity and respect on the job by rejecting our partnership with McDonald’s through McTeacher’s Night for the corporation’s many labor abuses, including: displacing workers at such events, union busting, paying workers poverty wages, and failing to provide a safe working environment.
1. NEA will publicly stand in solidarity with McDonald’s workers by publishing articles explaining why we are opposing and rejecting McTeacher’s Nights through its channels, including in NEA Today and digital channels.
2. President Eskelsen García, on behalf of NEA membership, will write a letter of concern directed to the president and CEO of McDonald’s regarding the corporation’s inequitable labor practices, displacement of workers, and exploitation of schools for marketing junk food to children through McTeacher’s Nights. Local associations will be encouraged to submit similar letter to media outlets where McTeacher’s Nights are prevalent.
3. President Eskelsen García, on behalf of NEA membership, will write a letter to the presidents of state and national PTAs urging them to stop all partnerships with McDonald’s on McTeacher’s Nights at the earliest.
4. NEA will encourage state and local affiliates to re-evaluate their participation in McTeacher’s nights, and support legislation and policy initiatives that support food chain workers’ rights to secure victory for issues such as livable wages, safe working conditions, and the right to unionize.
McDonald’s workers are organizing, protesting low pay, sexual harassment, and dangerous working conditions. Our partnerships with McDonald’s on McTeacher’s Nights undermines their demands. Workers have been fired for attending Fight for $15 rallies, denied a living wage, etc.
Cecily Myart-Cruz - CA
This item cannot be accomplished with current staff and resources under the proposed Modified 2019-2020 Strategic Plan and Budget. It would cost an additional $48,500.