McDonald's will reportedly no longer lobby against minimum wage hikes

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McDonald’s will no longer take part in efforts to lobby against raising the minimum wage at the federal, state or local level, the fast-food giant told the National Restaurant Association, Politico reported.

Genna Gent, McDonald’s vice president of U.S. government relations, said in a letter to the association that the company believes wage increases “should be phased in and that all industries should be treated the same way.”

“The conversation about wages is an important one; it’s one we wish to advance, not impede,” Gent wrote, according to Politico. The fast-food chain also stated that outlets owned by the company have an average starting wage that exceeds $10 per hour while franchisees pay “likely similar” wages in their own restaurants.

McDonald’s did not immediately respond to CNBC’s emailed requests for comments.

The move from McDonald’s, one of the largest employers in the world, could boost House Democrats and their

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