Skip to comments.ISTOOK: Get ready for super-priced burgers due to NLRB decree
Posted on 07/30/2014 1:29:30 PM PDT by jazusamo
Once again, one man has dictated a major change of federal law that can cost American families dearly.
It may double the price of your Big Mac, Whopper, fried chicken, donuts or other purchases at your local fast-food restaurant.
Wheres the beef coming from? Surprise! This time its neither President Obama nor Attorney General Eric Holder who is twisting the law like a pretzel from Auntie Annes. Its Obama appointee Richard Griffin, the presidents hand-picked choice for the all-powerful position as general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
Mr. Griffin has declared that millions of Americans who work for franchise restaurants arent merely employees of the business owners, regardless of what their paychecks and the tax records say. Reversing decades of clear legal precedents, he declares that from now on they are the joint employees of McDonalds and the other big franchise companies as well as the local store owners.
Now the big labor bosses no longer would face the challenge of trying to organize each separate restaurant into a local bargaining unit. They can go after all staff at all the Pizza Huts, all the KFCs or all the Starbucks at the same time.
Never mind that local franchisors hire and fire their own people. Mr. Griffin treats the operations as though they are identical photo-copies from a FedEx Kinkos franchise.
The unions top goal is to double starting pay from the minimum wage of $7.25 a hour to $15 an hour. Expect the price of a burger and fries to be super-sized along with the wages. The Service Employees International Union and United Food and Commercial Workers already have extensive multimillion-dollar corporate pressure campaigns up and running, which they call the Fight for 15.
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Great. So now there isn’t even that option to pay the workers a government-mandated “minimum wage”.
Wow. I guess the whole franchise model just went kaput. Does this mean that the corporate liability for an employee just went from the franchisee to the corporation? I am sure that all of the franchise operators—from fast food to hotels—are going to love that.
They idiots in Obama’s government are Chicago thugs at their finest. This guy looks like a first class tool.
And McDonalds and other such outfits will simply convert to burger making bots (which already exist) instead.
He did not give them card check, so Obama owed the unions bigtime. He had to give them this in order to keep his giant cash machine humming.
Somebody get a rope.
So what is the appeal procedure for all the fast food chains to oppose this in court? Der Fuhrer ist running amok.
Everybody will pay this fresh inflation tax.
When Bush was president, a position at a fast food place was a “McJob” according to Polosi. Now it is supposed to be a long time career choice where it will be next to impossible to fire a worthless employee.
Yep, the unions will see to it.
A whole lot of executive orders and fascist decrees are going to have to be nullified in January 2017.
Anyone who thought the average McDonald’s was overstaffed will no longer have that opinion.
Doesn’t this have huge implications? Does this turn franchise business law on its head, apart from the issues dealing with employees?
The franchise model is based on each franchise being individually owned and operated.
If we’re saying that this is not the case anymore with employees, then does a franchise owner really own his/her business? Is he/she really a contractor of the corporate parent????
This decision has huge implications for other areas of business law.
And to think, we are truly into government by decree, government by bureaucratic decision, not government by laws passed by Congress or the states .
Here comes automated service.
I think if we look at all the forced Union paychecks and the number of auto recalls we can see now, it gives way to knowing that more money does not a better worker or product make.
I expect less quality food even thought there is more pay.
Chick-fil-a is franchised.
In-n-out is not.
So what happens if McDonalds decides to name all of their restaurants owned by a franchisee named Gaylord as McDONALD’S/gaylord? Don’t laugh. This is exactly what the megasized Japanese corporation which I used to work for did with a unit of the company which specialized in making internal documents to avoid the union scale benefits. They did the same thing with a number of other company units.
It would seem so to me and all due to a stacked Rat NLRB.
It’ll be fought out in the courts but like it mentioned, it’ll take years.
For getting very basic orders, the past several times we have eaten at fast food places, the bill has been at least $15 or more for two people.
Even with the high prices on groceries, one could easily get enough ground beef, buns, frozen French fries to feed 4-6 people for $15. Sometimes convenience is worth a little extra, but if you have a family group, they are not going to McDonald’s or Burger King and drop $10-12 per person or more just for burgers and fries.
Millions of fast food workers are going to end up unemployed, IMHO.
One of the basics I learned in my one business management class in college was that more money for the employee does NOT equal a better product. Unions exist to keep crappy workers employed and to enrich Rats campaign coffers and to make a few of the top union leaders rich.
“..it gives way to knowing that more money does not a better worker or product make.”
It NEVER has been about a better product. It is about BUYING VOTES and more extortionist control. Just like Obamacare. SOS.
That's what I don't understand about this. Why are fast food workers so fast to jump on this band wagon? They've got to know that all it will do is cost them their jobs. NO ONE is going to pay $20 for a Happy Meal!
Expect robotic fast food in no time!
“Itll be fought out in the courts but like it mentioned, itll take years.”
There will be an injunction filed and will quietly disappear, as will the NLRB’s records.
Not while the unions run the NLRB.
Fast Food is not an inelastic commodity. If they increase the prices 30%, sales will drop by a lot more than that. People have a lot of choices about food.
Does it mean that when someone sues one of the franchises and wins the burger-flipper has to pay, also? ;-)
It’s SO Bad that McDonald’s is already Advertising the 1 Oz Burger.
I expect this will digress to a GMO grain bun (to keep The Mooch happy) with a cow-shaped soy patty (hopefully a ‘beef’ cow, not a dairy one) in the middle - maybe a leaf or two of arugula ..... $10.
Sadly presidents have a “gentlemen’s agreement” and rarely undo a previous EO.
What this nonsense really boils down to, is nothing more than fascism, of which there are five aspects:
1. strong central government
2. government control of business
3. repression of expression
4. state exalted above individual
5. personality cult of the leader
As a corollary to 2) the owner is still permitted to own his business — at the sufferance of the state.
May the political activist members of the NLRB disappear also.
Expect your food served with rudeness, snarling, and downright in-your-face “I dare you, whitey!” attitude. Just like you get at most food services at any eastern seaboard airport eatery.
Oh well. No more fast food jointsand no more employment in that sector, which will be wiped out.
I have personal knowledge that McDonald’s and other fast food operators have been working on automated food production for some time. McDonald’s already has robotic beverage machines for the drive-thru lane.
Some of these fast food workers do not understand economics. So they figure they will get a raise, and don’t think about their bosses having to raise prices to compensate. And don’t think about what happens when prices rise, and what that does to the customer base.
I miss the rule of law.
When the only jobs Obama can help create are part time fast food jobs, he needs to call in his markers from the NLRB and state Dems to make it look like these are real career jobs with a career path. Oh well, Moochelle wants to kill fast food anyway (except for herself) so it all fits together. The greatest irony is that Obama’s voter base will be the ones hit the hardest by all this.
There will be plenty of fast food joints, they'll be automated with one or two employees working per shift. We need some FReeper to find us the automation stocks that are gonna soar on this.
Not at double the prices, no.
I worked in the finance end of a major fast food company years ago.
And, can say that the salaries wages and benefits, the cost of paying the hired help, was by far the biggest single expense of running the business.
The employees started at minimum wage, but were eligible for regular raises based on job performance.
If the payroll costs had to double, due to law or government decree, it would have “upset the applecart” as far as any budgets or financial projects were concerned.
Bottom line is that these companies, if forced to pay a major increase in their wages to the hired help, will have to cut back in the number of employees, and cut expenses somewhere else. They will not simply be able to pass these increased costs along to consumers.
And if prices do rise too much, then the customers will hit the drive thru much less often, resulting in a loss of revenue with which to pay the hired help.
Liberals and labor agitator types either don’t understand these concepts, or don’t think through the consequences.
I think that they have drunk the koolaid to believe that they are ENTITLED to earn more money. After all, they are working, so should get the same money as someone else who is working. I truly do not think they understand the concept of “relative value”. I expect that this just one of the many failures in our parenting and education systems, for those who reach adulthood not understanding this.
If they understood this, they would get it that both (1) many fast food type jobs do not require the skill level to demand the wages being tossed about and (2) very few consumers will buy the products if the wage increases are implemented.
It is very sad that so many do not understand this or refuse to understand it (think, Nancy Pelosi) for the sake of helping to present the affected workers as victims of the system and the evil rich people.
Seriously? You think fast food workers have any inkling of basic economics? Do you think they consider themselves as just one of many factors of production subject to the laws of supply and demand? No, the vast majority of fast food workers think they can endlessly demand more from their employers and their prices to consumers magically won’t increase. Just like union workers who would rather shut down entire companies or industries rather than make a wage concession (see Hostess Brands). It’s the “gibs me dat” or “Obama’s stash” mentality at work.
The ass-clown-in-chief won’t be happy until all businesses are dead.
In Zero’s economic recovery, the job is now a “sandwich artist”. Try to keep up /s
Well, I DECLARE Richard Griffin to be traitor and demand he be shot. See, I can declare stupid stuff too!