McDonald’s announced on Wednesday that it would raise wages and offer benefits to employees in the 1,500 United States stores that it operates itself, just a day after workers massed outside its stores to protest their low pay.
The company plans to increase wages by at least $1 over the local legal minimum wage, to an average of $9.90 an hour, by July 1 for some 90,000 workers in stores under its direct corporate control. That average will increase to more than $10 in 2016.
The decision does not affect the 750,000 employees who work for the more than 3,100 franchisees who operate more than 12,500 McDonald’s restaurants around the country. But the move could add to pressure on franchise owners to lift wages in their restaurants as well.