Workers protest at a McDonald's in Milwaukee, Wis.

Workers protest at a McDonald's in Milwaukee, Wis.

A new ruling by the National Labor Relations Board could make it easier for fast food workers and other low-paid employees to unionize and bargain for higher pay. The ruling addresses the concern that a growing number of corporations hold employees at arm’s length, making it hard for workers to challenge wages and working conditions. We explore what the ruling means for both franchise owners and low-wage workers in the food industry, and for workers elsewhere in the economy.


  • Michael Wasser Senior Policy Analyst, Jobs With Justice
  • Benjamin Litalien Founder of Franchise Well Consulting; Developer and Instructor of the Franchise Management Program at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies

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