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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 »


Salon Interview on Resolving the Fast Food Stand-Off

Published October 31st, 2014 -

Salon just posted their Q & A with me on the fast food campaign and my proposal to create a workers council at McDonald’s.  The piece provides good background on the campaign, highlights the big issues in play, and explains why a workers council coul... More »


McDonald's Earnings Report and the Need for Dialogue

Published October 22nd, 2014 -

As we covered in our inaugural Fast Food News, the Wall Street Journal editorial page focuses today on McDonald’s new earnings report. That report shows a 30% decline in quarterly profits and a 5% drop in revenue. And while the declines seem attributable large... More »


An Explainer: NFL Cheerleader Lawsuits (Part 2)

Published October 9th, 2014 -

Yesterday, I wrote about the background for the lawsuits cheerleaders have recently filed against the NFL and NFL teams. So far, cheerleaders have sued five NFL teams, and the NFL as a whole. The cheerleaders claim that the teams illegally pay them below minim... More »


An Explainer: NFL Cheerleader Lawsuits (Part 1)

Published October 8th, 2014 -

In the last year, cheerleaders for five NFL teams have filed lawsuits against their respective teams for violating employment laws. Two cheerleaders have also sued the NFL as a whole.  The cheerleaders argue that as employees, they are entitled to the same min... More »