McDonald’s CEO Sticks to His Guns: ‘Franchisees Set Their Own Pay Scales’

November 13, 2015

The fast food giant isn’t giving into the National Labor Relations Board’s “joint employer” ruling without a fight.

It doesn’t look like McDonald’s will be raising employee wages across the board without a long, drawn out fight. In an interview with The New York Times, the fast food giant’s CEO Steve Easterbrook acknowledged that increasing the minimum wage at its company-owned stores was a key component of growing and retaining quality staff; however, he would not address whether he thought McDonald’s franchisees should also improve pay for workers. “Our franchisees are independent businessmen and businesswomen,” he says. “They set their own pay…