The Chicago Tribune reports that, according to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), “McDonald’s shares responsibility for working conditions with its franchisees who operate roughly 90 percent of its restaurants.”
McDonald’s “has long maintained that its franchisees are independent owner-operators who set their own policies, including wages.” Which is, you know – the truth.
Of course, “McDonald’s and other fast food operators have been pressured by union groups in recent months to raise wages and improve working conditions.”
McDonald’s and other restaurant operators “have said that franchisees are independent business owners who set their own policies.” Again – the truth.
Fortune gets to the heart of the matter, if the NLRB decision is upheld, it could “hold the company responsible for employee conditions and ease the fast food industry’s path toward unionization.” Yet again, labor bosses set their sights on forced unionization, no matter the cost, and find a willing ally in Obama’s Labor Board.
The Hill reports (correctly) on the many problems with the decision, “[R]estaurants say the NLRB’s decision could have a devastating impact on not just McDonald’s but all companies that operate franchises.” According to their report, the “National Restaurant Association says the ruling ‘jeopardizes the success of 90 percent of American’s restaurants, which are independent operators or franchisees.’”
And that’s not all – while “the NLRB’s decision makes corporations such as McDonald’s liable for the actions of their franchisees, this in turn would also take away the ability of franchise owners to operate independently.”
Says International Franchise Association President Steve Caldeira, “If franchisors are joint employers with their franchisees, these thousands of small business owners would lose control of the operations and equity they worked so hard to build … Millions of jobs and the livelihoods of thousands of independent franchisee small businesses are now at risk due to the radical and unprecedented nature of this decision.”
From the beginning, the Obama Administration has demonstrated its hostility towards job creators,and business in general. The irony? They are undercutting the very people who could turn around the nation’s economy which still affects millions of people every day.