At an Oct. 16, 2015, American Bar Association forum on franchising, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Richard Griffin admitted that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)-led “Fight For $15” movement was the sole reason behind NLRB taking action against McDonald’s and other franchises:
The sole reason why our agency is involved in the McDonald’s situation is because there is a national campaign that’s called the “Fight for $15” that is being run by a fast food workers alliance that is seeking to raise wages in the fast food industry to $15 a hour.
When asked, Griffin first said he couldn’t remember when, they wondered if he ever had, spoken to SEIU President Mary Kay Henry:
Another panelist at the same event, federal Wage and Hour Administrator David Weil, refused to answer when asked when he last saw SEIU leader Henry:
SEIU has spent more than $30 million on the Fight for $15 campaign because the union hopes to turn fast-food workers into dues-paying members:
With the union spending more than $30 million on the campaign, it would make sense for that union to seek to organize fast-food workers with an eye to making them dues-paying members to help finance the fight and help the union grow. “Campaigns like this don’t happen spontaneously,” said Peter Dreier, a professor of politics and urban policy at Occidental College. “Ultimately this campaign depends on having an organized-labor movement that can pay for organizers on the ground to whip up workers into a protest campaign.”
Unions like SEIU stand to rake in $155 million in dues and fees each year just from organizing half of McDonald’s workforce:
The SEIU wants to organize McDonald’s and other fast food chains because of the high rate of turnover in the fast food industry. With turnover at McDonald’s around 157 percent annually, then in one year an average of three people fill every position. If the position is unionized, that adds up to three sets of initiation fees, generally around $50 each to $100 each, or $300 a year, on top of union dues that total 2 percent of paychecks. According to my calculations, unions stand to gain about $155 million each year from unionizing half
of McDonald’s workforce, $45 million of that from initiation fees alone.