Tag: McDonald’s

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are pleased to see conservative priorities in Pres. Trump’s budget, even though they concede the final appropriations will look nothing like this.  They also shake their heads as John McCain accuses anyone opposing NATO membership for Montenegro of doing Vladimir Putin’s bidding.  And they react to a tweet from the McDonald’s account that slams Pres. Trump.

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They recently installed self-serve kiosks in my local McDonalds, where I dine far more often than I probably should.   So far, I’ve eaten there four times since the machines were installed and I haven’t noticed a reduction in staff, merely a mighty improvement in service. Before the machines, the ordering process was an unholy mess. Nobody […]

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Unhappy Meal: The Problem with McDonald’s


I recently had the chance to hear from the Senior Director, Supply Chain Management, Quality Systems for McDonald’s. I include the whole title because I’m a sadist, and also because it perfectly captures what’s wrong with the home of the unhappy meal. Unhappy because McDonald’s sales are tanking, dropping for three years in a row, including a 2 percent drop in US sales last quarter.

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Over on the McDonald’s post, some concerns were expressed about where entry level jobs were going for all the many workers that would be displaced by automated ordering kiosks.  One commenter put it this way: “…[W]e are sacrificing a huge source of entry level jobs which teach every new generation how to interact with the […]

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Help Me Save McDonald’s


A photo of a McDonalds' McRib sandwich iI have been inspired by The Daily Shot’s reference to my McRib obsession on the one hand, and McDonald’s poor earnings reports on the other. (How often are those linked?!) We must come to McDonald’s rescue and help it deliver a menu that real fast-food-loving Americans want. No empty snack wraps for me. No more artisan grilled chicken sandwiches.

The Daily Shot’s citation of KFC’s Double Down provides a good template: a sandwich made out of two McRibs with bacon inside — no bun. That’s not an appetizer, but what we fancy pants in the Bay Area would call an amuse-bouche (I think).

So, Ricochet food lovers, what would be your suggestions for additions to the McDonald’s menu that you would actually eat? How about a sausage, pepper, and onion Philly-style hoagie? Help me rescue McDonald’s with a new menu!

How Partisanship is Ruining the NLRB


4282658992_3e72772b5d_zThere has been so much bad news in the world of late that it is hard to find time to comment on the July 29 decision by National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Richard Griffin, Jr. to treat McDonald’s as a “joint employer” with its franchisees for the purposes of labor statutes.  That decision, if upheld, would subject McDonald’s to liability for all the actions that its franchisees take with respect to their employees.

In the particular cases before Griffin, the potential finding of liability is said to be for “activities surrounding employee protests.”  But everyone knows that these actions are just the tip of the enforcement iceberg.  Griffin’s real target is to allow individual workers, backed by union dollars, to bring actions for minimum wage and overtime violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and to make McDonald’s — and, by implication, all other franchisees — fair game for union organizers and reverse the major decline in union membership.

The decision here is properly understood as a gatekeeper decision. Before the decision, the gates against the NLRB were shut tightly by the conventional tests used to determine whether any given party should be treated as an “employer” under the NLRA. Most unhelpfully, the act defines an employee as including “any person acting as an agent of an employer, directly or indirectly” (after which it exempts a whole host of government employers from the statutory definition). Some further clarity is added to the discussion by the statutory definition of an “employee,” which does not include “any individual having the status of an independent contractor.”