Obama’s federal National Labor Relations Board has issued complaints against McDonald’s franchises around the country that took action in opposition to minimum wage strikes.
“The complaints allege that McDonald’s USA, LLC and certain franchisees violated the rights of employees working at McDonald’s restaurants at various locations around the country by, among other things, making statements and taking actions against them for engaging in activities aimed at improving their wages and working conditions, including participating in nationwide fast food worker protests about their terms and conditions of employment during the past two years,” the NLRB office of public affairs states in a press release today.
The NLRB demands “remedial relief as soon as possible” and, short of that, it will litigate against the corporation and its franchises on March 30, 2015.
The complaint does not address accusations by McDonalds and other businesses that large unions are behind an effort to disrupt commerce and shut down restaurants and stores.
“The strikes are especially controversial because some have accused unions of paying workers $250-$500 to participate,” Eater reported on September 4.
“Some picket lines turned into temporary occupations, and several stores closed,” LaborNotes reported in August.
If successful, the strikes in 150 cities nationwide will have a dramatic impact of prices for consumers.
If union demands for raising the minimum to $15 an hour are met, prices will rise significantly, as noted by the Daily Signal:
- A Big Mac meal increases from $5.69 to $7.82.
- Wendy’s Son of a Baconator combo increases from $6.49 to $8.92.
- Taco Bell’s 3 crunchy tacos combo increases from $4.59 to $6.31.
- A Whopper meal increases from $6.15 to $8.46.
- Subway’s turkey breast Footlong increases from $6.50 to $8.94.
“Most Americans eat fast food because they want a quick and inexpensive meal,” notes the Heritage Foundation. “If fast-food restaurants raised their prices, many of their customers would either eat at home or go to more expensive restaurants.”
Short of the minimum wage hike, fast food restaurants are realizing lower profits due in part to a lackluster economy.
In October, for instance, McDonald’s said third-quarter profit fell 30 percent as U.S. sales slumped for the fourth straight quarter.