brands under fire
Posted by Dale Buss on May 15, 2014 07:11 PM
Is the fast-food business model creaking under the weight of new wage protests? “Living-wage” advocates hope so after today's global demonstrations in support of better pay and workers' rights, billed as the biggest fast food strike ever.
On Thursday, labor and union activists and Occupy Wall Street alumni, as well as thousands of fast-food workers who walked off their jobs, came together to protest at least 17 major QSR chains in some 30 countries, calling for wages of $15 an hour as well as a right to form a union, organized by a group calling themselves Fast Food Forward.
The movement, which has its roots in the US where one-day protests have occured in over 150 cities for the last 18 months, stalled sales at fast-food outlets around the world as protesters demonstrated in front of restaurants, on sidewalks and inside malls, some even donning Ronald McDonald costumes.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on May 15, 2014 08:28 AM
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chew on this
Posted by Dale Buss on February 18, 2014 03:50 PM
Burger King may have come up with a great way to kick rival McDonald's when it's down: Go after the Golden Arches' signature product.
That's what Burger King is doing with new improvements to its three-month-old Big King sandwich, which now will have 0.8 ounces more beef than the Big Mac. The chain has been testing the beefier new Big King at 200 locations in South Florida and experiencing a 10 percent jump in guest-satisfaction scores, said the Motley Fool.
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