OR: McDonald’s hiring 14-year-olds amid labor shortage

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A branch of McDonald’s in Oregon, US, is calling on 14 and 15 year olds to apply for jobs at the restaurant amid a shortage of fast food workers. The Biddle Road franchise in Medford put a banner outside its shop two weeks ago, urging younger workers to apply. According to reports, it has seen a spike in applications since making the offer, which complies with labour laws. It comes as fast food and other outlets across the US struggle to fill vacancies despite restrictions easing. Heather Kennedy, operator of the Medford restaurant, told Business Insider such staff shortages were ‘unheard of’ in her family’s 40-year history operating McDonald’s franchises. Initially she tried to attract more workers by raising the restaurant’s minimum wage to $15 (£10.50), but did not spark enough interest. However, Ms Kennedy said she had received more than 25 new applications since she opened her doors to under 16s.” [editor’s note: Good news, considering that this business sector should have been an entry-level pathway for unskilled teens all along? – SAT] (09/02/21)