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“Free” Labor: The Law of Prison Labor

Published May 28th, 2015 -

This is Part Three of a four-part series. Part One gave a description of a recent prison uprising at Willacy County Corrections Center in south Texas. The event provided a platform for introducing the concept of incarcerated workers and the intersections betwe... More »

"Free" Labor: An Introduction

Published May 26th, 2015 -

This post is the first in a four-part series. On the morning of February 20, 2015, a large number of inmates at Willacy County Correctional Center, a state prison facility at the southern end of Texas, went on strike. Inmate workers refused to go to work at th... More »

McDonald's Employer Status

Published April 1st, 2015 -

Among the sillier claims in the debate over whether McDonald’s is a joint employer of its franchise employees is the one made today by International Franchise Association president Steve Caldeira.  Speaking about McDonald’s decision to raise wages ... More »

McDonald's to Raise U.S. Workers' Hourly Wage to $10

Published April 1st, 2015 -

McDonald’s announced today that it plans to raise U.S. workers’ hourly wage by $1 per hour and increase benefits by the end of 2016, The Wall Street Journal and Time report (note that the WSJ article is behind a pay wall). The changes will affect workers in ro... More »

Guest Post: McDonald's and Fast Food Forward

Published January 5th, 2015 -

Heather Whitney is a Lecturer in Law and Bigelow Teaching Fellow at the University of Chicago. In the wake of its steepest monthly drop in US same-store sales in more than 14 years, the WSJ reports McDonald’s is now looking at which type of charitable partners... More »