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McDonald’s is hiring 1,800 people in North Texas

The openings come at a time when restaurant workers in D-FW have said they're 'nervous' about the coronavirus spike.

McDonald’s announced on Monday that it would hire 23,000 people in Texas, including 1,800 workers in Dallas-Fort Worth.

The announcement is part of an effort to hire 260,000 workers in the United States this summer. A spokesman says McDonald’s did not lay off any employees during the coronavirus pandemic. There are some 21 million people on unemployment and more than 44 million have applied for benefits since the pandemic began, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

McDonald’s president and CEO Chris Kempczinski took a 50% pay cut on his $1.25 million base salary, the Chicago Tribune reported in early April.

The 1,800 positions available in D-FW are at over 300 local McDonald’s restaurants. Employees can apply for a program called Archways to Opportunity, which has given $100 million to workers going to college.

While the openings present good news amid a tough job market, McDonald’s has battled image issues recently. The company has been criticized for inequalities among Black franchisees for almost a year. The company pledged to donate $1 million to the NAACP and the National Urban League after George Floyd’s death. A Business Insider story from December 2019 revealed that black business owners at McDonald’s make $68,000 less a month than the average franchisee.


In a conversation about the inequality, the CEO told Jim Cramer on CNBC that “McDonald’s has created more millionaires within the Black community than probably any other corporation on the planet, but there’s still work to do.”

The open positions at McDonald’s will involve training to understand McDonald’s COVID-19 protocols. Joy Silmon, a McDonald’s franchisee in North Texas, says McDonald’s has a list of tactics to attempt to keep customers and employees safe from the spread of COVID-19. Gov. Greg Abbott recently tightened restrictions on restaurants and bars to try to curb the spread. In the past few weeks, restaurants in North Texas are reporting an increased number of positive COVID-19 cases in their kitchens.

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Sarah Blaskovich, food writer. Sarah writes about restaurants, bars and culture in Dallas. She also appears on NBC5 twice a week. Follow @sblaskovich and ask her what to do, where to eat or where to drink in your 'hood.

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