Fast-food franchisees in a pickle

California bill would raise bar for contract termination

Posted: September 4, 2014 at 2:37 a.m.

A Burger King employee assists a customer in 2014 at a restaurant in Peoria, Ill.

The fast-food industry, underpinned by an often tense relationship between fast-food giants such as McDonald's and Burger King and the franchisees who run their restaurants, is facing a push from union organizers to take responsibility for how workers are treated.

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