Fast Food Nation

Meanwhile the competition among fast food restaurants

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Unformatted text preview: s were actually being kept by the company. The San Francisco union drive failed, as did every other McDonald’s union drive — with one exception. Workers at a McDonald’s in Mason City, Iowa, voted to join the United Food and Commercial Workers union in 1971. The union lasted just four years. The McDonald’s Corporation no longer asks crew members to take lie detector tests and advises its franchisees to obey local labor laws. Nevertheless, top McDonald’s executives still travel from Oak Brook, Illinois, to the site of a suspected union drive, even when the restaurant is overseas. Rap sessions and high-priced attorneys have proved to be effective tools for ending labor disputes. The company’s guidance has helped McDonald’s franchisees defeat literally hundreds of efforts to unionize. Despite more than three decades of failure, every now and then another group of teenagers tries to unionize a McDonald’s. In February of 1997 workers at a McDonald’s restaurant in St. Hubert, a subur...
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2014 for the course MGMT 120 taught by Professor Litt during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.

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