Competitor News

The National Owners Association (NOA), the independent franchisee association for McDonalds systems operators founded last fall, has come out with a list of menu initiatives they point to as problems. Primary among the complaints detailed by the group is the dollar drink special as well as the new Worldwide Favorites menu, which includes popular menu…

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NLRB Issues on Unions, Member Conflict

One could argue that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has been ground zero on a broad array of issues under President Trump as the administration tries to scale back anti-business regulations. And to drive that point home, this past week, the agency issued a ruling in a 3-1 decision in the Johnson Controls, Inc.…

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Competitor News

A group of Democratic senators, 5 of whom are candidates for the democratic presidential nomination and have pandered to protesters against the company in past weeks, wrote Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta to demand a “full investigation” into workplace violence against McDonald’s employees.  They wrote in response to an OSHA complaint against one location filed…

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SEIU, ACLU, Fight for $15 Sue McDonald’s

Some 23 individual complaints were filed this week against McDonalds alleging sexual harassment at some of its corporate and franchised stores. The majority of the claims were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and contend (again) that McDonald’s is a joint employer of the workers in their franchised locations and hence, equally re$pon$ible and…

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Miscellaneous

The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, a federation of state and local occupational safety nonprofits, released its Dirty Dozen 2019 report Wednesday. The annual report lists employers that the council believes put workers at risk – and this year, McDonald’s made the cut for its “failure to act” on more than 2 dozen…

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McDonald’s Folds In Minimum Wage Fight

McDonald’s Corporation, which has largely been the catalyst for, as well as the target of, the Fight for $15 along with a fast food unionizing drive by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), has advised the National Restaurant Association that it will no longer support efforts opposing an increased minimum wage. In its letter to…

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Independent Joe #54 February/March 2019

It’s no secret that the retail landscape is changing. Brick and mortar stores are popping up all over the place, but not necessarily in the ways they once did. Gone are the days when you’d cozy up to the counter at a Dunkin’ Donuts for a cup of hot coffee served in a cup on…

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Competitor News

Earlier this week, McDonald’s officially launched its new McCafé Donut Sticks nationwide after an extensive limited test in select markets since last July. The new LTO retails under $2 for a half dozen and at a national average of $3.29 per dozen. Perhaps of greater import to the Golden Arches however should be a January…

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Competitor News

McDonald’s Corp. reported Q4 earnings showing modest US results on Wednesday of this week with SSS +2.3% but traffic down 2.2%. Although average ticket was positive at +4.5%, one of the largest ticket gains in recent history, US traffic remains weak, especially compared to other international lead markets. Breakfast also is still weak – the…

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Miscellaneous

Earlier this week, McDonalds workers went on strike over the lunch period at a number of Florida restaurants in St. Petersburg, Tampa and Orlando to protest for worker safety at QSR establishments. The action was taken after a January video showing a customer attacking a counter employee at a St. Petersburg restaurant went viral. And,…

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