Las Vegas companies likely experience employee conflict on a regular basis, many of which can be resolved quickly and quietly. When employee disputes involve large problems, however, such as complaints over wages or the ability to unionize, businesses may find themselves the target of worker protests. These demonstrations can cause unwanted public attention as well as business shut-downs.
A protest involving roughly 70 workers halted business at the drive-thru section of a Las Vegas McDonald’s. The employees’ signs indicate that they are seeking higher wages. The current rate of pay for the restaurant’s Nevada workers was not indicated. An additional McDonald’s protest is in the works in Las Vegas, although it will not be at the same restaurant.
Reports do not indicate whether any negotiations or business litigation have been initiated between McDonald’s and the protestors.
Similar protests among other fast-food workers have taken place in over 100 cities. According to ProgressNow Nevada, a nonprofit organization, demonstrators in the other cities were seeking the ability to unionize and a pay raise to $15 per hour. Reports do not specify whether ProgressNow Nevada played any role in coordinating the Las Vegas protest or any of the others.
If your company’s employees are expressing unhappiness with their wages, contract terms or bringing up other employment-related business disputes, you may want to seek the guidance of an attorney. Companies that utilize legal employer representation in employee complaints may find that their disputes reach resolution more efficiently and satisfactorily than if they had conducted negotiations on their own.
Source: Las Vegas Sun, “Wage protest briefly closes McDonald’s drive-thru,” Dec. 4, 2014