McDonald's

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Richard Eiker, 45, earns $11.05 an hour at McDonald's, a job he's held for 25 years. He has no sick pay, no medical benefits or retirement, and even though he makes more than minimum wage, he struggles to pay his bills and take care of his needs.

He’s part of a movement in Kansas City and nationwide to demand a $15 per hour minimum wage.

He says that after 25 years of working every position at McDonalds, he is afraid to leave in search of better pay.

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Fast food workers plan to rally Friday evening at the McDonald's restaurant at the corner of Troost Avenue and Meyer Boulevard in Kansas City, Mo.

They're pushing for a $15-an-hour wage and asking McDonald's Corp to take responsibility for employment decisions made at franchised restaurants.

Earlier this week, the National Labor Relations Board determined McDonald's Corp has what's known as "joint employer status" in a series of labor complaints filed by striking workers. The ruling means McDonald's Corp can be named as a co-defendant in disputes with franchise employees.

Nutrition Issues To Take Stage At McDonald's Meeting

May 23, 2012
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A corporate watchdog group that recently sent letters to 22 hospitals, including Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City, asking them to oust McDonald’s restaurants from their campuses, is now taking its fast food plight directly to restaurant shareholders.

How Fast Food Found A Home In One Hospital

Mar 8, 2012
Elana Gordon / KCUR

Truman Medical Center is on the front lines of health care in Kansas City.  The safety-net hospital treated nearly 100,000 patients last year.  But lately, hospital leaders have been trying to figure out ways to prevent people from getting sick and becoming patients in the first place.  CEO John Bluford has been waging a wellness campaign, promoting better nutrition and battling junk food. 

So what’s a McDonald's doing right inside a main hospital entrance?