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Landmark Ruling Opens Door for Fast-Food Unions

Labor board says McD's, franchisees can be named as 'joint employers'

(Newser) - McDonald's can't completely reject responsibility for the pay and working conditions of people in McDonald's uniforms serving McDonald's food at McDonald's restaurants, the National Labor Relations Board decided in a landmark ruling yesterday. The board said that the company could be considered a joint employer... More »

McDonald's Fires Mom Who Let 9-Year-Old Play Alone

But Debra Harrell now has custody of daughter again

(Newser) - The South Carolina single mom arrested for letting her 9-year-old daughter play in a park while she worked at McDonald's has been given her daughter back—but has lost her job. The lawyer representing Debra Harrell pro bono says McDonald's has let her go, but he isn't... More »

McDonald's Meat Supplier Changed Expiration Dates

Report: Sold McD's, KFC, Pizza Hut rotten meat

(Newser) - Cue China's next food scare: A Shanghai reporter spent two months in the city’s Husi Food Company plant, which supplies meat to McDonald’s and Yum Brands (which owns Pizza Hut and KFC) in China, and found some pretty disgusting practices including falsifying expiration dates and picking food... More »

America's Worst Burgers Found At...

McDonald's, per 'Consumer Reports' subscribers

(Newser) - Love biting a McDonald's burger? Then you're likely not a Consumer Reports subscriber. Some 32,405 subscribers weighed in on their experiences at 65 fast-food and fast-casual chains, and they handed McDonald's the title of worst-tasting burger (on a scale of 1 to 10, the chain's... More »

Protesters Shut McDonald's HQ; 138 Arrested

Expect more ruckus at shareholders meeting today

(Newser) - It looks like a win for protesters who took to McDonald's yesterday to demand $15 an hour for fast-food workers—at least, it's a win for those who didn't end up in jail. McDonald's was forced to close a main building at its headquarters in Oakbrook,... More »

Iowa Pair Orders McD's Burgers, Gets Pot With That

No, not Colorado, and no, it wasn't a happy meal

(Newser) - While many might hit their local fast-food joint to chase away the excesses of the night before, an Iowa couple found the excess itself tucked between the patties of their McDonald's double cheeseburgers. As they were chowing down one evening last month in Ottumwa, the couple noticed what the... More »

Fast-Food Strikes Hit 6 Continents Today

Higher-wages movement looks to hit 30 other countries

(Newser) - If you want it your way, it might not be right away today. Fast-food industry workers are again striking today, in McDonald's, KFCs, and other chains in some 150 American cities. But the movement for $15 hourly pay is also going global this time, reports the New York Times ... More »

In Baltimore McDonald's, a Stark Lesson on US Prisons

Jeffrey Toobin finds ex-inmates galore at inner-city locale

(Newser) - In the course of writing about how a gang called the Black Guerrilla Family began calling the shots inside the Baltimore City Detention Center, Jeffrey Toobin of the New Yorker sought to track down people who had done time at the facility. He struck gold in an unusual spot: A... More »

McDonald's Mighty Wings, Now 40% Off

They're discounted until they're gone

(Newser) - McDonald's Mighty Wings simply didn't fly with customers, and now the chain appears to just want to break even on them. Reports in December predicted that a promotion would be coming, and it's here: Instead of selling the wings at a buck each, McDonald's is now... More »

What McMuffin? Taco Bell Makes Run for Breakfast

Chain plans to go head-to-head with McD's

(Newser) - Taco Bell plans to go head-to-head—and burrito-to-burrito—with McDonald's in an effort to grab a big slice of the fast-food breakfast market. The chain plans to launch its breakfast menu at its almost 6,000 locations nationwide late next month, featuring items like the Waffle Taco, a breakfast... More »

Where Fast-Food Chains Began

'Mental Floss' recounts original locations of McDonald's, Pizza Hut, and more

(Newser) - Can you imagine a time when Pizza Hut was actually a single hut? Neither could we, but the folks over at Mental Floss compiled a great list of the original locations of a variety of fast-food chains that have since swept across the globe, assimilating all before them in Borg-like... More »

Blind Man Sinks 3-Pointer, Wins McDonald's for a Year

Michael Quin nails it to crowd's delight

(Newser) - A 54-year-old Missouri man made an extraordinary 3-point shot, but it's not just the basket that has people talking. Michael Quin, who sank the shot at a College of the Ozarks game, is blind. His prize: a year's worth of McDonald's and lots of national press. Newsy... More »

Cops Find Heroin Sold in Happy Meals

Shania Dennis caught in undercover sting

(Newser) - A burger, fries, a toy—all things you'd expect to find in a McDonald's Happy Meal. But heroin? That's not usually on the menu. Police in the Pittsburgh area said yesterday they caught 26-year-old Shania Dennis distributing heroin through her job at a McDonald's drive-thru during... More »

McDonald's Sued Over Hot Coffee —Again

Paulette Carr files suit over alleged 2012 incident

(Newser) - It's deja vu all over again: A California woman is suing McDonald's, claiming its hot coffee burned her. And it's deja vu in more ways than one: Paulette Carr's case recalls that of famed 1990s predecessor Stella Liebeck , along with a case filed just months ago... More »

McDonald's: We'll Serve Sustainable Beef ... Someday

First step: Define 'sustainable beef'

(Newser) - McDonald's hopes someday all its beef will come from sustainable sources—but there's a lot of work standing between it and that lofty goal, CNBC reports. One key step: figuring out just what sustainable beef is. "There hasn't been a universal definition," the company says... More »

Man Loses 37 Pounds Eating Only McDonald's

John Cisna stuck to strict dietary guidelines for 3 months, walked each day

(Newser) - Want to lose some weight? Try eating nothing but McDonald's for 90 days. That's what science teacher John Cisna did, and he not only lost 37 pounds but also saw dramatic improvements in health markers like cholesterol. The Iowa man was inspired to try his experiment after watching... More »

McDonald's Shutters Its Gaffe-Prone Website

After handing out advice about pool boys and healthy eating

(Newser) - The much-maligned McDonald's employee resource website was shut down yesterday, after weathering a series of bad press over the tone-deaf advice it has handed out. This is, of course, the site that advised its workers to sell their stuff for extra cash , remember to tip the pool boy and... More »

McDonald's to Its Workers: Beware of Fast Food

Burger, fries an unhealthy choice, guide warns

(Newser) - It's hard to have a healthy diet when you often eat at fast food joints, according to sensible dietary advice posted in an unlikely place: McDonald's own employee resources website. "Fast foods are typically high in calories, fat, saturated fat, sugar, and salt and may put people... More »

McDonald's Wings a Mighty Flop

Franchisees complain about the 10M pounds of leftovers

(Newser) - McDonald's " Mighty Wings " didn't exactly take off the way the fast-food chain was hoping. Franchisees are sitting on about 10 million pounds worth of unsold wings, the Wall Street Journal reports, and they're not happy about it. The chain bought 50 million pounds of the... More »

McDonald's to Workers: Don't Forget to Tip Pool Boy

As workers rally, tipping etiquette puts McDonald's in the fryer

(Newser) - Bad move, McDonald's? As fast food workers walked off the job in 100 cities this week amid demands for higher pay, the fast food giant thought it was a good idea to dish out some holiday tip suggestions to its employees—like how much to tip your massage therapist... More »

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