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McDonald’s Rushes Settlement to Avoid 'Joint Employer' Ruling, Judge Says No Approval Yet

Workers at McDonald's franchises demonstrate against franchisor McDonald's Corp.
Fight for $15: Workers protest NLRB settling with McDonald’s on labor violations

McDonald's Corporation [NYSE:MCD] yesterday raced to submit its settlement agreement to the National Labor Relations Board prior to the deadline set by the NLRB. McDonald's is fighting against claims of unfair labor practices as a "joint employer" from its franchisees' workers.

SEIU Asks State AGs to Investigate How McDonald’s Deceives Franchisees with Exorbitant Rent

The Service Employees International Union filed complaints today with two state attorneys general alleging McDonald’s Corporation violates state laws by distorting how it calculates the inflated rental fees it forces franchisees to pay on their restaurant properties.

'McLandlord' Report Highlights Fat Rent McDonald’s Collects from Franchisees

A coalition of European and American trade unions released a report this week shining a bright light on how McDonald's Corporation's market power and real estate practices enable it to extract excessive rental payments from its franchisees. That, they say, could be leading to higher prices for consumers and lower wages for workers.

Fight for $15 Day of Disruption Protests Lives Up to Its Name

As Fight for $15 launched its "Day of Disruption" protest across the country on Tuesday, November 29, marking its fourth anniversary when 200 fast-food workers first walked off their jobs at dozens of restaurants across New York City demanding $15 an hour minimum wage and the right to form a union without retaliation, the event was not without pandemonium.

Fight for $15 Low-Wage Workers Ready to Strike in 340 Cities November 29

At precisely 6 a.m. on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, tens of thousands of low wage workers under the "Fight for $15" movement for higher minimum wage and union rights vow to kick start their most disruptive protest yet in 340 cities. That includes some 20 major airports, servicing 2 million passengers a day.

Workers File 15 EEOC Complaints against McDonald’s Claiming Sexual Harassment

(Photo from FightFor$15 Facebook page)

While McDonald's promotes its zero tolerance for workplace sexual harassment in its 14,000 restaurants across the country, 15 female workers claim the hamburger chain is not enforcing its policy. To prove it they have filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, not only against the franchisor but also against franchisees.

Low-Wage Workers Hold First-Ever ‘Fight for $15’ Convention

RICHMOND, Virginia – Thousands of low-wage workers from around the country took to the street in Richmond, Virginia last weekend in the sweltering heat, ending their first-ever "Fight-for-$15" Convention at which they vowed to hold elected officials accountable during the election season and beyond to build an economy that works for everyone.

SEIU Warns Franchise Buyers in Asia: McDonald's Model Could Have Harmful Consequences

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Service Employees International Union sent out a letter Monday morning to thousands of franchisees throughout Asia warning that McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD), in its efforts to find buyers for more than 3,000 restaurants across the continent, is moving toward a “master franchisee” model that could lead to “harmful consequences.” 

New York AG Settles with Jimmy John’s to Stop Non-Compete Clause in Hiring Packets

New York's attorney generalNEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced last Wednesday that Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches agreed to stop including sample non-compete agreements in the employment material it sends to its franchisees in hiring workers. As part of the agreement, Jimmy John's has also agreed to inform its franchisees that the Attorney General has concluded that the non-compete agreements are unlawful and should be voided.

Low-Wage Workers March in Biggest-Ever Demonstration for $15 Wage

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NEW YORK - After California and New York conceded to low-paid employees' demands for $15 an hour minimum wage, a new global movement began today in 40 countries around the world.