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'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

photo/Berlin Rosen pr firm & Fightfor15.org

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.

Double Whammy! California and New York Enact $15 Minimum Wage

Governor Andrew Cuomo and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton
NY Cuomo [D] & Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton [D] cheer wage law.
(photo/NY Governor's office on Flickr)

ALBANY, NY & SACRAMENTO, Calif.—California's governor Jerry Brown and New York's governor Andrew Cuomo competed Monday on which state would be first to gradually raise minimum wage for all workers to $15.

IFA Takes Fight against Seattle Wage Hike to U.S. Supreme Court

Seattle minimum wage
Seattle march for $15 wage on ML King Day in 2014. Photo/pnwbot

WASHINGTON – The International Franchise Association announced yesterday that it had now taken its argument against Seattle's new $15 an hour minimum wage hike to the U.S. Supreme Court because it discriminates against franchise owners.