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The NLRB Just Dealt a Major Blow to the Fight for $15. Now’s the Time to Take Stock of the Campaign.

Protesters with NYC Fight for $15 gather in front of a McDonalds to rally on February 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The reported settlement of a landmark case against McDonald’s at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) deals a blow to Fight for $15’s union ambitions, widening the chasm between the campaign’s astonishingly successful wage demand and its faltering union aspirations.

The settlement, negotiated by Trump-appointed NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb, requires McDonald’s to pay damages for retaliatory measures taken against workers who organized with Fight for $15. However, the agreement prevents a ruling in the case, dealing a blow to labor. Unions were hoping that a ruling would establish a precedent for holding fast food companies accountable as the direct employers of millions of workers at franchise restaurants across the United States.

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