The National Labor Relations Board this week took what their general counsel has been threatening for the past few months, filing 13 complaints against McDonald’s franchise owners – and naming McDonalds Corporation as a co-defendant in the action. The charges allege some 78 violations of employee rights to organize and collectively bargain, but most importantly, threaten the franchise model by categorizing McDonald’s USA as a “joint employer” along with the franchise owner. The “joint employer” decision threatens to overturn 30 years of legal precedent and law and has been a focus of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) for the past couple of years. The formal complaints will be heard in trial before administrative law judges employed by the NLRB. There will be much more coming on this issue.