MCDONALD’S workers walked out in protest Sunday after learning that a female co-worker tested positive for coronavirus.
Employees at the restaurant in Los Angeles staged a strike and demanded more safety equipment after hearing about positive diagnosis earlier this week.
“We don’t yet know exactly who tested positive,” Bartolome Perez, a 30-year cook at McDonald’s, told Fox 11.
“One of our other co-workers let people know that a female worker had tested positive for the virus Monday or Tuesday.”
Workers are demanding the company provide protective equipment such as masks to help keep workers safe during the pandemic.
More than 9,600 people have died in the US as of Monday, while 337,600 have been infected.
Employees have pleaded with McDonald’s to send more gear for more than a month, Perez said.
They’re also curious as to why the fast food chain didn’t tell them about their sick colleague.
“We’ve been pleading for protective equipment for more than a month now, but McDonald’s is putting profits ahead of our health,” he told the news station.
“We don’t want to die for McDonald’s burgers and fries.”
Following the news of their co-worker’s diagnosis, employees are demanding a two-week quarantine with full pay.
They also want McDonald’s to shoulder healthcare costs for any worker or worker’s family members who test positive.
The fast food giant hasn’t provided testing for the other workers who came in contact with the sick woman, Perez claimed.
Employees are in the process of filing a formal complaint with California‘s Occupational Safety and Health Administration because of the infected co-worker and lack of protective gear.
In a statement to The Sun, owner Nicole Enearu said the restaurant was immediately shut down and sanitized after the woman tested positive.
An “ample supply” of gloves have been provided to employees, and the restaurant will pay the infected worker as well as those who need to quarantine.
“We have been in contact with the employee and are providing support during this time,” Enearu said.
“Additionally, we identified and reached out to all restaurant staff who had been in close contact with the employee who contracted the virus.
“Our people are the heart and soul of the McDonald’s family. We are keeping this employee in our thoughts for a fast and full recovery.”
Workers at the McDonald’s in Crewnshaw are the latest to push back against giant corporations for lack of safety during the virus crisis.
One employee at the facility in Staten Island has branded the warehouse “breeding grounds for this pandemic.”
Employees of Target’s delivery service Shipt plan to strike on Tuesday in protest of a lack of coronavirus safety gear, according to Vice News.
After being inspired by striking McDonald’s workers, an employee at Domino’s Pizza walked out after an employee tested positive for coronavirus.
“We have no masks and no gloves and will no longer put our lives at risk for pizza,” the employee told The Cut.