Federal Agency Rules McDonald’s Allowed To Abuse Labor Laws


A federal agency has ruled that McDonald’s
is not responsible for how its franchises treat workers, even if they violate the labor
laws. RT’s Brigida Santos joins me now from Los
Angeles with the story. Brigida, which federal agencies issued this
ruling and how’s it going to impact McDonald’s workers? How, how bad is the ruling, not just for McDonald’s,
but for all types of kind of service workers that are, that are in the same situation? This is really bad. The national labor relations board, which
is in charge of enforcing American labor laws, has ruled against workers who have accused
McDonald’s franchisees of retaliating against them for trying to unionize. The fast food workers union alleges that workers
who participated in strikes in favor of increasing the minimum wage were punished with reduced
hours and harder assignments. Now, as part of the lawsuit, the workers were
seeking to classify McDonald’s as a joint employer with franchise operators so that
the company could be held liable when franchisees violate labor laws. But the federal agency has now said that the
case may not be able to determine whether McDonald’s should be considered a joint employer,
which is insane. Now in response to the ruling, the fight for
$15 group and union says that McDonald’s is walking away with a get out of jail free card
after illegally retaliating against workers who are fighting for the right to earn enough
money to feed their families. Well, of course the national labor board whoever
is the president is never in favor of the workers. I mean the, the industry was the, the the
US chamber of commerce and associated industry and organizations like ALEC’s understood that
if you control what happens to labor through the national labor board, then you kind of
have control over the whole program. What we’re going to see happen next isn’t
it, is we’re going to have everybody look at this ruling and say, wow, this is a great
way to do business. Everybody’s just going to be a, we’re just
going to have them on a contract and they’re not going to really be an employee. How will this outcome of case, how’s it going
to affect other companies that rely heavily on franchises? What is your prediction? Mine is that it’s all bad for people in the
service industry. Same prediction here as well. Now this sets a precedent for other companies
to distance themselves from the misconduct of franchisees. For those who don’t know, a franchise is just
an arrangement in which one party, a franchisor like McDonald’s, grants a franchisee, a restaurant
owner, the right to use its name and business processes to produce and market goods following
certain guidelines. Now, under this type of arrangement, customers
get services on demand and franchisors like McDonald’s generate brand recognition and
billions of dollars in money using other people’s resources. This is problematic because more than 90%
of McDonald’s locations internationally are owned and operated by franchisees. This ruling shields McDonald’s from responsibility
when those franchisees mistreat workers or fail to protect them from violence as another
lawsuit alleges. Now to give you an example of the things that
some of these workers go through, in Chicago, there are reportedly at least 20 emergency
service calls from McDonald’s restaurants every single day and then nationwide, there’s
at least a news report of violence from McDonald’s every 36 hours. And mind you, those are just the ones that
get reported. Many incidents go unreported. Okay. Okay, so let’s make this clear just so the
viewers can really understand how draconian this is. Here, you have people that started out, they
said, look, we just want the right to be paid minimum wage of $15 an hour. Those people who were up front, the activists
were targeted. They lost their jobs, they made the jobs impossible
to keep. They simply beat that employee up one way
or another in the way they treated them. But it goes beyond that. Here you’re talking about a situation where
employees are feeling unsafe, where they’re being actually threatened by customers with
physical violence and according to this ruling, well, the franchisee, they don’t have any
responsibility to keep that person safe. They don’t have any responsibility to have
standards and best, best work practices for that employee. And this can be, this can be expanded to almost
any setting if you follow the logic of this, of this board ruling, which is predictable. I mean, it was very predictable once we saw
who was appointed to the board by Trump, we actually knew how they were going to rule
on cases like this. It’s never for the workers in America anymore,
is it? No, it’s absolutely not. And it’s really hard to keep these people
safe. If it’s up to franchisees to protect their
workers and follow labor laws, you know, the only thing that workers can really do is to
report abuse, misconduct or violence to the labor Bureau or file police reports when necessary. You know, they could also find another job,
but that’s a lot easier said than done for many people. So this is a terrible ruling for workers. Yeah. Just to give you an idea of how crazy this
is, they’re actually cases where customers are jumping over the counter and attacking
the employee who says, oh gee, I’m sorry we’re out of French fries. That’s how cuckoo the American public has
begun become. And for a franchisee not to, at the very least,
protect that worker when they know exactly how to do it. There’s all kinds of ways to protect the worker
and say, well, it’s not our problem. The way the law’s written, we don’t have any
responsibility. That’s McDonald’s, drive past McDonald’s. Drive past McDonald’s. Don’t do business with them. They were the ones that were really the big
fighters in this. They put together the, the, the, the US chamber
of commerce to get behind them, associated industries to get behind them. All of the, kind of the dark money in this
country jumped behind this. Look, Brigida, thank you for, thank you for
joining me. My prediction is we’re going to see a lot
more aweful things happening in the service industry in this country, because of this
ruling. Yeah, unfortunately.

85 comments

  1. This is the result of the slow degradation of labor laws. There is far too much power in the hands of the big corporations!

  2. so now McDonald's can demand more from their franchises and not be responsible when the "restaurants" need to abuse the staff and cut wages to meet deadlines and performance projections. McDonald probably spent millions getting this passed, they would not have done it if the law passed would not save them exponentially more.
    The art of war states that all fault lies with the commander who did not properly explain what he wanted and made sure his underlings understood the orders to be followed. This commander is saying "I don't care, i don't care, i don't care, just get it done and if you do it illegally i don't have a problem with that because I will throw you under the bus at the first opportunity to save myself"
    Trumpism is everywhere these days.

  3. The poor and working class prideful tax paying voters can thank corrupt congress and the corrupt politicians they vote in😊

  4. Oh McDonald's isn't alone Mike. Having worked in food service for a number of years, I can tell ya that this has gone on with numerous chains for many years.

  5. And this agency just NOW DISCOVERED THIS?! .
    I HAVE WORKED AT MOST FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS ARE BASICALLY SLAVES .
    NOT JOKIN !!
    THEY ARE BILLION DOLLAR COMPANY .
    IT SHOULD BE UNIONIZED.
    IT COULD PAY FOR ALL EMOYEES HEALTHCARE AND STILL MAKE BILLIONS IN PROFITS .
    HEAVILY RASCISTS . ..AND GET AWAY WITH ALL . AND THE OTHER FAST FOOD PLACES ARE JUST AS BAD .

  6. Republicans will love this ruling! Perhaps one of Donald Trump's appointed judges helped to rule this case in favor of McDonald's.

  7. The world needs to boycott the United States of israhell until they stop killing people for money what a horrible country its become no morals whatsoever

  8. Americans do not care about anyone else. What they're going thru, what's happening to them. They don't care about anything until it effects them personally. Empathy and sympathy has been deliberately murdered in the American mind.
    People will still go to McDonald's, Walmart, use Amazon, Uber, use the Big Banks, Home Depot, etc. I see a amazon prime truck make deliveries to my neighbors house constantly! Use Round Up in their yard! I think our people are to far gone to recover.

  9. My brother works for them. According to corporate; if you try to unionize, McDonalds will just close the store & revoke the franchisees.

  10. Wait Wait Wait Trump loves his McDonald's workers….okay he might not care if they get paid or are treated fairly But he loves his McDonald's workers.

  11. I live not to far from the number one ritziest McDonald’s in the country. It’s right outside the entrance to the Vanderbilt, Biltmore house in Asheville, NC. This McDonald’s has a grand piano that is regularly being played by a pianist. There are beautiful, expensive tapestries hanging from the dining room walls and a crystal chandelier on the ceiling. There’s a plush leather seating area and all the tables are adorn with fresh cut flowers daily. It’s nestled near grand hotels and just steps a from Ruth’s Chris steak house. But this case of abuse being ok is bull💩 for sure.

  12. Fuck McDonalds too. As long as you guys keep spending your money in the market with any company like this or let your 401K invest in companies like this, this country will eventually end up as a 3rd world slave country.

  13. This is an outrage!!! We,the people need to protest, WTH is happening with America? F***corporate!!! I will not eat at McDonald's. Time to boycott America,even if you love their 🍟

  14. The fast food workers need to walk out. Shut them down.
    I'm sure they could find another job.
    We could eat at home as a family again.
    There are quick dinners at the grocery stores.

  15. Back to the 1920s and 1930s again. Woody Guthrie rolling over in his grave so to speak! We need to do like they did back in the early 20th century and start fighting for what's right and take these monopolies and mega-corporations head-on and face the rich elite and make them pay their share of taxes from the 1900s to today with interest! Demand the 400% minimum wage like their 400% increase in earnings from the 1980s to today! Which would mean 1300 dollars an hour it's only fair after all the rich elite is 400% richer today!

  16. They ended up being stuck with one of Trumps appointed judges. Welp! We know what direction this country’s gonna go for the next 40-50 years.

    Trump picked a quarter of the total federal judges in just 3 short years. If he gets re-elected you can push that 40-50 number into maybe 60-70 years.

  17. Isn't there an inherent constitutional conundrum in our current setup of government. If we rely upon the executive to carry out the laws of the legislative, what happens when the executive just refuses to comply?

  18. So not only is fast food bad for your health, its bad on every level. Just more proof that all corporations are engines of greed and apathy that are designed to crush everyone that isn't among the wealthy elite. And it's just the sort of thing that the Greedy Old Pricks and Don Fatti Dotardi love. Hope they all choke on fast food greaseburgers.

  19. McPuke's isn't worth the hard earned money you make being spent on food that doesn't nourish you. Franchises rip off the owners who in turn abuse their workers to make a profit. Corporations don't care about anything but making more money. Greed is bad for your being.

  20. I've not eaten in a MacDonalds for nearly forty years. They taste horrible, we used to have place in town that hand made patties and fresh everything else, inna white bap. 😲

  21. This goes to show why voting is important. Elections have affects on everybody's live. One side for the good but the other side the bad. If you voted for the Republicans and this affects you then think about who your gonna vote for next time..

  22. Majority of Americans don't care about anything until it effects them personally.
    (Are Americans frogs in slowly boiling water ?)

    = 1) Majority of Americans are (notoriously) TOO (willfully) IGNORANT, SELFISH, AFRAID, BUSY, LAZY and DOCILE to Think Critically and Fight Back against the Corrupt Government, Useless Congress, Greedy Corporations, Predatory Healthcare System, Corporate Propaganda Media and the War Machine (Military-Industrial Complex).

    2) American Sports, Entertainment and Hollywood etc. have become the Modern Day's "Bread & Circus" !
    Majority of Americans are got distracted by them and their own selfish bubbles.
    So Americans have NEVER organized Effective, Succesful and Massive Protest Rallies and Movement to Put an End to the Status Quo.

  23. Majority of Americans don't care about anything until it effects them personally.
    (Are Americans frogs in slowly boiling water ?)

    = 1) Majority of Americans are (notoriously) TOO (willfully) IGNORANT, SELFISH, AFRAID, BUSY, LAZY and DOCILE to Think Critically and Fight Back against the Corrupt Government, Useless Congress, Greedy Corporations, Predatory Healthcare System, Corporate Propaganda Media and the War Machine (Military-Industrial Complex).

    2) American Sports, Entertainment and Hollywood etc. have become the Modern Day's "Bread & Circus" !
    Majority of Americans are got distracted by them and their own selfish bubbles.
    So Americans have NEVER organized Effective, Succesful and Massive Protest Rallies and Movement to Put an End to the Status Quo.

  24. That's ok. Nobody needs macdonald's anyway.
    They don't provide a necessary service and they are not a good place for anyone to work.
    #boycott

  25. Then America needs Strong Laws, Rules and Regulations that Protect Workers' Right just like any other Developed Countries. But, America is still OWNED and BOUGHT by Big, Greedy Corporations and Billionaires.

  26. Then America needs Strong Laws, Rules and Regulations that Protect Workers' Right just like any other Developed Countries. But, America is still OWNED and BOUGHT by Big, Greedy Corporations and Billionaires.

  27. I stop eating there years ago. They Never gave a CRAP ABOUT THE EMPLOYEES!? and it's Sad. They have Families to support too.

  28. It's time to throw caution to the wind and just STRIKE. Bring the fight to the various companies in the service industry and don't take No for an answer. Stop allowing these greedy assholes to walk all over workers and dictate the terms to the rest of us. If we have to march on these companies' corporate headquarters, storm the keep and take no prisoners, so be it. The sad truth is that unless people are willing to lay down their lives for change, that change will never happen.

  29. McDonalds in my location, East Orlando, is the pits. Went for a breakfast sandwich and hash brown, got home and they forgot the hash brown. Stopped by yesterday for a big Mac, fries, cola, and Apple pie. This time I checked before leaving and sure enough, the Apple pie was missing from the bag. I told them I wanted the Apple pie, they handed me a pie and I left. Got home and the fries were so salty I could not eat them and the apple pie was a holiday cream pie, not Apple. I was out $9.14 for a bad meal, and a load of aggravation. I will not return to McDonalds. They are leaving items out of orders and stealing their cost if the inventory is over at the end of the shift.

  30. They use prison labor to produce the product, slave labor to distribute it, and tax dollars to fill in the gaps… and when all that isn't enough, they have to rig the legal system to make sure they keep as much profit as possible.
    Monopolization will lead to fascism.

  31. The case of franchisees not protecting their workers AND breaking labor laws applies to Raising Canes in Nebraska as well. I know multiple employees (most have found different work finally) who have been hurt on the job due to improper practices (which they tried to speak up about and were retaliated against) or attacked by customers and not protected. Not nearly as bad as what has happened at McDonald's due to scale but they run skeleton crews and destroy the health of their employees. Dont eat there either.

  32. There ARE no protections for ANY "workers" (non-billionaires) under the Trump criminal regime. ONE 'recommendation' – workers could perhaps 'accidentally' trip the manager/franchisee that is fucking with them so he falls face-first into the fry machine. Whoops!
    Since there IS no more LAW, according to Bill Barr – and this reamed-out agency – be SURE to take it all the way to the Supremes, where you use this as a defense – there NO LONGER IS THE RULE OF LAW, so you cannot be charged with a crime.

  33. Quit Eating at McDonalds, It’s bad for good health Anyway …
    The food is not real, made with experimental Non labeled gmo products,
    as the Happy Meal was created to kill kids brains … and to addict families members to damaging foods …

    This is Why People Who Support Trump are like Trumps …

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