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ISTOOK: Get ready for super-priced burgers due to NLRB decree
The Washington Times ^ | July 30, 2014 | Ernest Istook

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.

Where’s the beef coming from? Surprise! This time it’s neither President Obama nor Attorney General Eric Holder who is twisting the law like a pretzel from Auntie Anne’s. It’s Obama appointee Richard Griffin, the president’s 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 aren’t 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 McDonald’s 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 KFC’s 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 Kinko’s 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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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: mcdonalds; nlrb; obama; richardgriffin; unions; wages
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0bama and his thug appointees in all departments will eventually bankrupt the country, if not during his administration then later.
1 posted on 07/30/2014 1:29:30 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Great. So now there isn’t even that option to pay the workers a government-mandated “minimum wage”.


2 posted on 07/30/2014 1:32:10 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: jazusamo
We have sunk to government by decree.

Mornie Utulie
Mornie Alantie

3 posted on 07/30/2014 1:32:23 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: jazusamo

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.


4 posted on 07/30/2014 1:32:39 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: jazusamo

And McDonalds and other such outfits will simply convert to burger making bots (which already exist) instead.


5 posted on 07/30/2014 1:32:41 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: jazusamo

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.


6 posted on 07/30/2014 1:33:06 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: jazusamo

Somebody get a rope.


7 posted on 07/30/2014 1:33:26 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: jazusamo

So what is the appeal procedure for all the fast food chains to oppose this in court? Der Fuhrer ist running amok.


8 posted on 07/30/2014 1:33:34 PM PDT by Avid Coug
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To: jazusamo

Everybody will pay this fresh inflation tax.


9 posted on 07/30/2014 1:33:43 PM PDT by Argus
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To: jazusamo

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.


10 posted on 07/30/2014 1:33:56 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The cure has become worse than the disease. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Olog-hai

Yep, the unions will see to it.


11 posted on 07/30/2014 1:34:52 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

A whole lot of executive orders and fascist decrees are going to have to be nullified in January 2017.


12 posted on 07/30/2014 1:34:57 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: jazusamo

Anyone who thought the average McDonald’s was overstaffed will no longer have that opinion.


13 posted on 07/30/2014 1:35:48 PM PDT by henkster (Do I really need a sarc tag?)
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To: jazusamo

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 .


14 posted on 07/30/2014 1:36:15 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (s)
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To: jazusamo

Here comes automated service.


15 posted on 07/30/2014 1:36:36 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

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.


16 posted on 07/30/2014 1:37:23 PM PDT by Kackikat (ELECTED officials took an OATH...Time to honor it....be a Patriot.)
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To: jazusamo

17 posted on 07/30/2014 1:37:26 PM PDT by Dr. Thorne ("Don't be afraid. Just believe." - Mark 5:36)
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18 posted on 07/30/2014 1:37:44 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Chick-fil-a is franchised.

In-n-out is not.


19 posted on 07/30/2014 1:39:34 PM PDT by Scrambler Bob
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To: jazusamo

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.


20 posted on 07/30/2014 1:40:19 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

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.


21 posted on 07/30/2014 1:40:29 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

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.


22 posted on 07/30/2014 1:41:22 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: jazusamo
It's SO Bad that McDonald's is already Advertising the 1 Oz Burger.
23 posted on 07/30/2014 1:43:07 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Kackikat

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.


24 posted on 07/30/2014 1:44:43 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The cure has become worse than the disease. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Kackikat

“..it gives way to knowing that more money does not a better worker or product make.”

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It NEVER has been about a better product. It is about BUYING VOTES and more extortionist control. Just like Obamacare. SOS.


25 posted on 07/30/2014 1:44:55 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: NEMDF
Millions of fast food workers are going to end up unemployed, IMHO.

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!

26 posted on 07/30/2014 1:45:07 PM PDT by Carbonsteel
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To: jazusamo

Expect robotic fast food in no time!


27 posted on 07/30/2014 1:45:10 PM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: jazusamo

“It’ll be fought out in the courts but like it mentioned, it’ll take years.”

There will be an injunction filed and will quietly disappear, as will the NLRB’s records.


28 posted on 07/30/2014 1:45:24 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (GM is dead and Al Queada is alive.)
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To: Olog-hai

Not while the unions run the NLRB.


29 posted on 07/30/2014 1:45:50 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The cure has become worse than the disease. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: NEMDF

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.


30 posted on 07/30/2014 1:46:27 PM PDT by Haiku Guy (Health Care Haiku: If You Have a Right / To the Labor I Provide / I Must Be Your Slave)
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To: jazusamo

Does it mean that when someone sues one of the franchises and wins the burger-flipper has to pay, also? ;-)


31 posted on 07/30/2014 1:47:01 PM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Why does every totalitarian political hack think that he knows how to run my life better than I do?)
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To: SandRat

It’s SO Bad that McDonald’s is already Advertising the 1 Oz Burger.

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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.


32 posted on 07/30/2014 1:48:32 PM PDT by Qiviut ( One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides. (W.E. Johns)
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To: EagleUSA

Sadly presidents have a “gentlemen’s agreement” and rarely undo a previous EO.


33 posted on 07/30/2014 1:48:59 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Dilbert San Diego

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.


34 posted on 07/30/2014 1:49:06 PM PDT by Ban Draoi Marbh Draoi ( Gen. 12:3: a warning to all anti-semites.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

May the political activist members of the NLRB disappear also.


35 posted on 07/30/2014 1:49:35 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Kackikat

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.


36 posted on 07/30/2014 1:49:40 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Oh well. No more fast food joints—and no more employment in that sector, which will be wiped out.


37 posted on 07/30/2014 1:49:41 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Little Ray

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.


38 posted on 07/30/2014 1:49:48 PM PDT by Parmenio
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To: Carbonsteel

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.


39 posted on 07/30/2014 1:50:02 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (s)
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To: jazusamo

I miss the rule of law.


40 posted on 07/30/2014 1:51:14 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: NEMDF

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.


41 posted on 07/30/2014 1:51:55 PM PDT by Avid Coug
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To: Olog-hai
No more fast food joints

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.

42 posted on 07/30/2014 1:53:01 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: nascarnation

Not at double the prices, no.


43 posted on 07/30/2014 1:53:28 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Parmenio

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.


44 posted on 07/30/2014 1:55:13 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (s)
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To: Carbonsteel

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.


45 posted on 07/30/2014 1:55:37 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: Carbonsteel

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.


46 posted on 07/30/2014 1:56:09 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: nascarnation

Chilis

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/chilis-grill—bar-innovates-the-guest-dining-experience-with-introduction-of-ziosk-tablets-224058451.html


47 posted on 07/30/2014 1:56:10 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: jazusamo

The ass-clown-in-chief won’t be happy until all businesses are dead.


48 posted on 07/30/2014 1:56:18 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

In Zero’s economic recovery, the job is now a “sandwich artist”. Try to keep up /s


49 posted on 07/30/2014 1:56:43 PM PDT by Augustinian monk (" If you ain't Muslim, you ain't Shiite")
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To: jazusamo
he declares that from now on they are the “joint” employees of McDonald’s and the other big franchise companies as well as the local store owners.

Well, I DECLARE Richard Griffin to be traitor and demand he be shot. See, I can declare stupid stuff too!

50 posted on 07/30/2014 1:57:31 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Conservatives are all that's left to defend the Constitution. Dems hate it, and Repubs don't care.)
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