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How Franchisors Can Short Circuit Independent Franchisee Associations

Benjamin Lawrence
Prof. Benjamin Lawrence

Benjamin Lawrence, assistant professor of food and beverage management at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration speaks about how franchisors can short circuit independent franchisee associations from fully developing.


5:06 minutes (2.34 MB)

After Worst Drop since 2003, McDonald’s Vows to Change

photo by ps

OAK BROOK, Ill. – In the aftermath of what analysts are calling its worst drop in same-store sales in over a decade, McDonald's vows that it will change. McDonald's Corporation announced last Tuesday that its U.S. same-restaurant sales were down 3.3 percent for the third quarter of 2014.

McDonald’s U.S. Franchisees Say September Sales Were Bad

A full drive-thru at a local McDonald's
A full drive-thru at McDonald's. Photo/bmm

PHILADELPHIA — McDonald's franchise owners in the United States are expecting dismal same-store sales figures for September, but October looks to be better. That's according to a survey by financial services firm Janney Montgomery Scott of 32 franchisees who own 256 U.S. restaurants.

McDonald’s Hit Hard in August, Down 3.7%

The wall of a McDonald's in Bronx
A McDonald's in northeastern U.S.| photo/ps

OAK BROOK, Ill. – McDonald's Corporation this morning announced that its U.S. same-restaurant sales decreased 2.8 percent in August, the fourth month of consecutive sales drops.

Can Franchise Agreements Protect Franchisors from Liability as Joint Employers?

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has created a buzz within the franchise community by announcing that McDonald's may be responsible as a "joint employer" for alleged unfair labor practices of some of its franchisees. Employees of franchisees have filed more than 180 unfair labor practice charges against both the franchisees and McDonald's.

Fitch Says Labor Board Ruling Won’t Impact Franchising

NEW YORK – Fitch Ratings, one of the big three credit rating agencies, has issued a statement that it does not anticipate that the National Labor Relations Board's ruling that giant McDonald's Corporation is a "joint employer" will change the economics of franchising.

NLRB Says McDonald's Can be "Joint Employer" with Franchises

McDonald's National Hiring Day sticker on a franchised restaurant
McDonald's National Hiring Day poster on a franchised store's front door in Kentucky, April 2011. Photo/Blue MauMau

NEW YORK – McDonald’s announced today that it has been notified by the National Labor Relations Board that it can be named a “joint employer” for workers in its franchisee-owned restaurants.

McDonald’s U.S. Sales Still Down in May

McDonald's sign
McDonald's sign. photo/bmm

OAK BROOK, Ill. – McDonald's Corporation (NYSE:MCD) today announced that U.S. same restaurant sales for both company and franchised establishments, which have been open at least 13 months, was down 1 percent in May. Its year to date same restaurant sales figure for May was down by even more, 1.2 percent.

As McDonald's Sales Slide, Franchisees Seek Action

A red convertable at a McDonald's drive-thru
There's not only a missing customer, but drive-thru speed has slowed at McDonald's. Photo by Thomas Hawk

OAK BROOK, Ill. – McDonald's Corporation last week announced disappointing results for its first quarter ending March 31, 2014. McDonald's same restaurant sales in the United States decreased 1.7 percent.

McDonald's Franchisee to Pay $500K to Workers for Back Wages

McDDSC_0773New York’s attorney general announced yesterday that a McDonald’s franchisee in Manhattan has agreed to pay $500,000 to workers for cheating them of out of pay.