Fast Food Wages and the Role of Franchises
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.