McDonald’s CEO Donald Thompson, nominated by the St. Louis Organizing Committee and the “St. Louis Can’t Survive on $7.35” campaign, was elected Scrooge of the Year for 2013 in St. Louis Jobs with Justice’s annual election and “Holiday Party with Attitude” recognizing the greediest, cold-hearted CEO, politician, corporation or 1 percenter who truly exemplifies the Spirit of Ebenezer Scrooge. This year’s party was held at Painters District Council 2 Hall.
Thompson, who received 4,783 votes, was named CEO of McDonald’s in 2012 and, according to Bloomberg Business Week had a total calculated compensation over $13 million.
According to the St Louis Post Dispatch, “McDonald’s posted $1.5 billion in third-quarter profits. Taxpayers paid $1.2 billion last year for public assistance to the McDonald’s workforce. That’s $300 million per quarter, a 20 percent contribution to the company’s bottom line.”
Despite the company’s record profitability, McDonald’s workers across the country are still paid minimum wage; subjected to erratic scheduling and irregular hours and are at the whim of managers who care about nothing but the bottom line.
Other nominees and their vote tallies included:
• Mo. Family Support Division Director Alyson Campbell – nominated by Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 6355– 2673 votes
• Senator Roy Blunt – nominated by Young Activists United-St. Louis – 576 votes.
• Senator Ted Cruz ) – nominated by A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI), St. Louis – 183 votes
• Rex Sinquefield – nominated by Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom – 115 votes.