Skip to comments.Obama's Big Mac Attack
Posted on 08/01/2014 5:39:24 AM PDT by Citizen Zed
On Tuesday the NLRB's chief prosecutor directed that the fast-food purveyor be charged as a "joint-employer" in dozens of unfair labor practice complaints filed by workers employed at the company's franchises. The workers claim they were wrongly punished for walking off the job to join rallies coordinated by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) for a $15 "living wage." Leave aside whether employers can discipline workers who play hookie.
By deeming McDonald's a joint-employer, Mr. Griffin is putting the corporation on the hook for actions taken by its 3,000 or so franchiseeswhich operate about 90% of restaurantswithout its knowledge or consent. As Andrew Puzder describes nearby, franchisees independently make all personnel decisions including hiring, firing, wages, benefits, hours and other work conditions. McDonald's is merely paid a royalty for trademark rights and marketing. This is a bonanza for trial lawyers who will be able to shake down the parent company for alleged labor violations at franchisees whose pockets aren't as deep.
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The NLRB is a crime syndicate
My guess is they plan to use the Attack of a Thousand Slices to convince McD to settle. And the settlement would obviously include voluntary unionization.
Why on earth do we need an NLRB?
It should be defunded and shut down immediately.
$15 / hour is about $30K/year. Or, about what I'd expect to pay a single first level tech to take care of a bunch of order-taking kiosks that replace all of the button-pushers behind the counter.
I was wondering if the McDonalds that was held liable for security in their parking lot (millions of $) was a franchise.
With a franchise wouldn’t management be the owner? How is the NLRB going to spin that?
The NLRB apparently argued that McDonalds exercises “substantial control” over how the franchised stores are managed day-to-day.
Which they do. But it’s a radical break with sixty years of precedent.
“Why on earth do we need an NLRB?
It should be defunded and shut down immediately.”
If you are represented by a Republican in the House of Representatives this is a good question to pose to him/her. The Republicans have controlled the purse strings of the government since January 2010 when they became the majority party in the House.
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