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SAN JOSE, California (The Adobo Chronicles ) –The never-ending, ever-escalating fast food rivalry between McDonald’s and that fat stupid happy bee once again comes to the fore.

McDonald’s has announced that it will increase its workers’ minimum wage by $1 above the locally -mandated minimum in 1,500 stores, starting July 1. That’s expected to lift the incomes of 90,000 workers, the company said in a press release. By the end of 2016, the average wage of McDonald’s workers should be $10, well above the federal minimum of $7.25, noted the company in the release.

Additionally, McDonald’s announced it will allow workers who have a one-year tenure at the company to accrue paid vacation time of up to 20 hours per year.

imageToday, McDonald’s arch enemy (get it? McDonald’s arch?), Jollibee, announced an employee package that puts the red-headed clown to shame.

Jollibee announced that all workers in its U.S. and Canada stores will receive twice the  locally-mandated minimum wage, plus a generous benefits package that would include two weeks of  paid sick and two weeks of  paid vacation; an employer-paid medical, vision and dental insurance; a 5% employer contribution toward employee 401K retirement funds; and housing rental allowance of $500 a month.

This is over and above free employee meals during their work shifts of chicken joy, spaghetti and unlimited soda.  Employees working the early morning shift will have free Jollibee breakfast of garlic fried rice, eggs and their choice of longganisa, tocino or bangus, with coffee or orange juice.

Upon hearing of Jollibee’s announcement, the Filipino fast food restaurant’s website was inundated with job applications, with majority of resumes indicating that they are current employees of McDonald’s. There were a few resumes from Filipinos working at Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, eBay and Yahoo!  The applicants were hoping to be employed in Jollibee’s San Jose, Milpitas, Daly City and Union City stores.

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