National Labor Relations Board Rules Parent Companies Are Joint Employers of Franchise Workers

This ruling means that workers at a franchise location can unionize and negotiate with the parent company.

McDonald’s, Like Target and Walmart, Raises Its Minimum Wage

McDonald’s is announcing plans to raise its minimum wage to “an average of $9.90 an hour.”

Will Breakfast Sandwiches Save The Day?

Is a McMuffin a better value than a Big Mac?

McDonald’s Tells Workers to Put Mustard, Mayo, and Ketchup on Workplace Injuries

In the “almost too ludicrous to be true and yet completely believable” category: McDonald’s, who is still in the process of suing the City of Seattle so it will be able to put off paying workers $15 an hour for a few more years, is now in the public attention for a new rash of health and safety complaints.

This Week in Food: Couture Pops, Customizable McDonalds Hamburgers, and More

Get your couture pop in various celebrity-themed designs, including Hello Kitty, The Pussycat Dolls, Mel B (I knew the Spice Girls would be involved somewhere), and Kylie and Kendall Jenner.

Cheap Date Not So Cheap

Deutsche Bank has created a Cheap Date Index (okay sure, rolling with it), wherein they measure the cost of burgers and a movie in different cities across the world. Included in the cost are cab rides, McDonald’s burgers (the great international unifier, apparently), soft drinks, two movie tickets, and ‘a couple of beers.’ NBC News is on it:

Stand-Out College Essays About Money

How We Talk About Low-Wage Workers

Sarah Jaffe has an opinion piece in The Washington Post about the way the labor strikes has been covered in the media—often not at all, or placing emphasis on poor, low-wage workers as “some exotic Other rather than our neighbors, our family members and ourselves.”

Olympics Commercials, Ranked

I watched some ads.

Elderly Patrons Allowed to Stay at McDonald’s Except During Lunch

Basically, the group is free to meet and stay to socialize as long as they want, but not during the busy lunch hours.