Yesterday, the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board ruled that McDonald’s is a joint employer for the workers at its franchises, meaning that the corporation could be held liable for any labor and wage violations that occur at its individual restaurants.
The decision, says Roosevelt Institute President and CEO Felicia Wong, “rightly recognizes that, in today’s changing and more fragmented workplace, workers still need the support and protections afforded by the law. Fast food workers are fighting for a wage that will allow them to care for their families and act as strong community members. This is an essential foundation for economic growth that benefits us all.”
Adds Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Richard Kirsch, “The common sense ruling that McDonald’s is as much one company in the way it treats its workers as it is when it makes a Big Mac is a major step toward holding the biggest corporations in the country accountable for creating jobs that boost the economy instead of busting it.”
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