Friday, January 28, 2005

Outsourcing In America: Ya sure, You Betchya!


The McDonald's restaurant in Hermiston, Oregon appears to be "outsaucing" customers drive-thru meals.
The restaurant on Highway 395 has outsourced one of the most important jobs at the drive-through window -- order taking.
When a customer drives through, they'll be patched through to Grand Forks, North Dakota to place the order. Why? Because the minimum wage in North Dakota is $5.15, compared to Oregon's $7.25.
Tim Nesbit is head of Oregon AFLCIO. He says this undercuts Oregon's minimum wage by more than $2 an hour.
A McDonald's media relations person in Illinois, where the corporate headquarters is based, never returned a phone call to the AP.