“I would love to increase their wages to $15 per hour,” he said of his workers. “But that would be about four times what I make in profit and at that increased cost I would go bankrupt.”
However, a July ruling by the federal National Labor Relations Board seriously challenges McDonald’s assertion that it lacks authority over issues like setting minimum wage.
To reach a decision that can have wide-reaching effects on the fast-food industry, a long legal road must be traveled. However, the Los Angeles Times reported that the N.L.R.B. general counsel ruled the federal agency will treat McDonald’s as the workers’ “joint employer.”