National Labor Relations Board Rules Against McDonald’s in Mistreatment of Workers

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Earlier this year, we brought to you the news about some tyrant franchisee of McDonald’s who forced his team to work 25 hours in a row. And if they complained, Mr. Happy threatened to have them deported.

Labor rights advocates nationwide have never been fans of the Golden Arches because of stories like that, but now, they believe justice has been served with a side of hash browns.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) just made their year by claiming that McDonald’s has been complicit in behavior like this.

According to this report by Congressional publication The Hill, NLRB general counsel Richard Griffin announced that he will issue 13 complaints involving 78 charges against franchises and McDonald’s USA, LLC.

That sound you heard was the world’s second largest franchisor choking on a Big Mac.

nlrbTo be fair, as The Hill notes, many of these alleged labor violations were committed by independent franchise owners. But it’s about corporate culture, right? This is why McDonald’s can be held liable for those actions as a so-called joint employerwhich basically means that the nut doesn’t fall far from the McTree.

McDonald’s said the decision will “strike at the heart of the franchise system…and is disappointed with the board’s decision to overreach and move forward with these charges,” the company said in a statement.

“These allegations are driven in large part by a two-year, union-financed campaign that has targeted the McDonald’s brand and impacted McDonald’s restaurants,” it added.

That’s the rub: McDonald’s is claiming that they aren’t responsible because of the franchisees’ choices to act badly. One thing, the UFOCUniform Franchise Offering Circular, or the contract to sign away one’s life to become an entrepreneur — for McDonald’s is so iron-clad that many people claim that the franchisees can’t act like ancestors of the Pharoah Dynasty without permission from Ronald himself.

What’s next? The clown has to dig in his deep pockets and tugboat-sized shoes to dole out more cash to his minimum-wage empire? Who knows. One thing is clear — he may have to act more like a real clown instead of a business executive to get people to like him again.