Fast-Food Workers Are One Crucial Step Closer to Unionizing

August 28, 2015

The ruling allows employees of McDonald’s, Burger King, and other franchises to negotiate with the parent company.

Late yesterday the National Labor Relations Board ruled 3-2 that contract workers and employees of franchised business units could negotiate with the parent company for better pay and benefits. The expected ruling is a landmark decision for unions and millions of fast food workers in America who have never before had this right. Fast food workers — including the millions that McDonald’s employs — have been locked in a difficult situation. Their ability to put pressure on either franchise owners (a fractionalized group) or…