Seymour McDonald’s employees receiving pay increase during pandemic

Employees at the two Seymour McDonald’s locations received some good news Wednesday.

Matt Dodd, vice president/director of operations for GES Enterprise, dba McDonald’s, said every employee working will receive a $2 bonus per hour worked for the next 60 days.

For example, an employee who works 50 hours in the pay period will receive a $100 bonus.

The bonus will automatically be added to their paychecks starting on the March 29 pay period, mid-April paychecks.

The company currently employs nearly 1,000 people at 13 restaurants in Kentuckiana, including the ones in Seymour at 427 Stevens Way and 913 E. Tipton St. George Saliba is the president/owner, and the Seymour restaurants became family-owned Aug. 1, 2018.

This action is in response to the ongoing coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced restaurants to close their dining rooms and only offer drive-thru, carryout and/or delivery. Some have chosen to shut down indefinitely.

“We know people are struggling at this time,” Dodd said. “They are there for us when we need them the most, and we need to be there for them at this trying time. While business is down now, we know that once everything opens back up, we will need our awesome McFamily more than ever.”

In a letter to employees, Dodd said if they have questions, they should reach out to him or their general manager or supervisor.

“We greatly value and appreciate every single one of you and will do all we can to ensure you and your family are taken care of during all of this,” he wrote.

During this time, the company also has delivered free lunches to more than 500 medical field staff members and more than 5,000 box food containers to different cities. And as always, police officers are offered free meals at any time.