Fast Food Wages and the Role of Franchises

Fast Food Wages and the Role of Franchises

A new effort to boost wages for fast food workers is pitting McDonald's and its franchisees against the National Labor Relations Board. We explain the issues and the impact.

A new effort to boost wages for fast food workers is playing out before the National Labor Relations Board in a case pitting workers against McDonald's and its franchisees. At issue is whether the McDonald's corporation should be accountable for the labor policies at its franchise restaurants. The cases raises questions about who is an employee and who is the employer in a changing economy. We examine what's at stake for all parties and look at how the case is likely to unfold.

Guests

Wilma Liebman

Former Chair, National Labor Relations Board; Senior Lecturer, Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Benjamin Litalien

Founder of Franchise Well Consulting; Developer and Instructor of the Franchise Management Program at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies

Michael Wasser

Senior Policy Analyst, Jobs With Justice

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