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Labor agency demands “remedial relief as soon as possible”


Obama’s federal National Labor Relations Board has issued complaints against McDonald’s franchises around the country that took action in opposition to minimum wage strikes.

“The complaints allege that McDonald’s USA, LLC and certain franchisees violated the rights of employees working at McDonald’s restaurants at various locations around the country by, among other things, making statements and taking actions against them for engaging in activities aimed at improving their wages and working conditions, including participating in nationwide fast food worker protests about their terms and conditions of employment during the past two years,” the NLRB office of public affairs states in a press release today.

According to the agency, activity by McDonald’s, including “discriminatory discipline, reductions in hours, discharges, and other coercive conduct directed at employees in response to union and protected concerted activity, including threats, surveillance, interrogations” and other actions are illegal.
The NLRB demands “remedial relief as soon as possible” and, short of that, it will litigate against the corporation and its franchises on March 30, 2015.

The complaint does not address accusations by McDonalds and other businesses that large unions are behind an effort to disrupt commerce and shut down restaurants and stores.

“The strikes are especially controversial because some have accused unions of paying workers $250-$500 to participate,” Eater reported on September 4.

“Some picket lines turned into temporary occupations, and several stores closed,” LaborNotes reported in August.

If successful, the strikes in 150 cities nationwide will have a dramatic impact of prices for consumers.

If union demands for raising the minimum to $15 an hour are met, prices will rise significantly, as noted by the Daily Signal:

A Big Mac meal increases from $5.69 to $7.82.
Wendy’s Son of a Baconator combo increases from $6.49 to $8.92.
Taco Bell’s 3 crunchy tacos combo increases from $4.59 to $6.31.
A Whopper meal increases from $6.15 to $8.46.
Subway’s turkey breast Footlong increases from $6.50 to $8.94.
“Most Americans eat fast food because they want a quick and inexpensive meal,” notes the Heritage Foundation. “If fast-food restaurants raised their prices, many of their customers would either eat at home or go to more expensive restaurants.”

Short of the minimum wage hike, fast food restaurants are realizing lower profits due in part to a lackluster economy.

In October, for instance, McDonald’s said third-quarter profit fell 30 percent as U.S. sales slumped for the fourth straight quarter.


DHS memo will allow President to bypass his own dictates


A County Sheriff in Arizona has warned that the President’s executive order on immigration could see as many as twenty million illegal immigrants provided amnesty.

Appearing on Your World With Neil Cavuto, Pinal County, Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu pointed to a memo written by the Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, which cited the 20 million figure.

“The fact is it’s not just the 5 million that President Obama promised.” Babeu explained.

“We learned that Jeh Johnson the Secretary of Homeland Security, put out a six page memo, and he said that anybody who’s been here since January of this year, anybody prior to that date, they are allowed to stay here. There will be deferred action,” Babeu added.

“This number that President Obama promised would be 5 million is now 20 million illegals.” the Sheriff urged.

Obama’s stated intentions for an executive order on immigration was originally slated to cover just illegal immigrants whose children have citizenship or green cards. However, the President has been touring the country telling groups of immigrants, including those in the US illegally, that his immigration-law rewrite means they will be able to stay.

“What we’re saying essentially is, in that low-priority list. … You’re not going to be deported,” Obama told one such crowd in Tennessee last week.

It is also unclear at this time whether or not Obama has even signed an executive order.

Sen. Jeff Sessions, of Alabama told watchdog group Judicial Watch last week that “We don’t even have a really significant, direct, legal direction that we can ascertain, precisely what the president is doing. It’s a stunning event in my view.”

“I guess they just whispered in the ear of (DHS Director) Jeh Johnson over at Homeland Security, ‘Just put out a memo. That way we don’t have to enforce the law.’” Sessions added.

Sheriff Babeu has been attempting to garner media coverage regarding the memo for the last three weeks, having put out a press release stating that the DHS memo is “basically instructing all federal agents and officers that they will not enforce immigration law,” and that “the release from prison has already started,” according to ICE officials he has been in contact with.

Babeu told Cavuto that the situation on the southern border “is going to get worse,” adding “It’s a big neon sign flashing … that make it to the border and you’re home free.”

Here is the DHS memo in full, with Babeu’s press release:

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