| May 29, 2014
McDonald's caused quite a stir on social media recently when it introduced its new Happy mascot to promote Happy Meals. After @McDonalds tweeted a photo introducing it to America (it has been around in Europe and Latin America for a few years), Twitter...
| May 19, 2014
| 10:30 AM
I've worked for minimum wage. Many times. Selling programs. Frying chicken. Janitor. Factory worker. Ice cream scooper.
In each case, I saved the money and put it toward college and grad school. What I lacked, I borrowed in loans. With my degree, I...
| May 20, 2014
| 12:33 PM
A new Happy Meal mascot introduced by McDonald's to promote more healthful food choices is getting some harsh reviews on social media.
Happy, as the new mascot is named, is an animated red box with a pair of bulging eyes and a mouthful of large teeth. ...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 8:36 AM
The breakfast fast-food war is heating up.
Taco Bell on Thursday rolled out its new breakfast menu, which includes a waffle taco, across more than 5,500 stores in the U.S. The Irvine-based chain made clear it was going after McDonald's, which dominates...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 5:00 AM
The vast majority of fast-food workers in the U.S. say they’ve been the victims of wage theft, according to a survey released Tuesday.
Out of 1,088 respondents nationwide, 89% said they have been forced to do off-the-books work, been denied...
| May 8, 2014
| 5:21 AM
McDonald’s sales at existing U.S. locations were flat in April, slightly better than Wall Street anticipated and an improvement after five consecutive months of declines.
The world’s largest restaurant company ran a free coffee promotion...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 7:02 PM
Bill Elwell doesn't want any more customers, but they just keep coming.
"Is McDonald's closed today?" he likes to grunt to those lined up outside his tiny burger stand in an industrial pocket of the San Fernando Valley. "Why is everyone here? Go down...
| May 22, 2014
| 7:38 AM
Two local hamburger chains are raising money for the military community.
Hardee’s has kicked off its fourth annual Stars for Heroes campaign at participating locations. Guests who donate $1 in support of military charities receive restaurant...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 10:05 AM
McDonald’s is facing several lawsuits filed this week by fast food workers who accuse the burger giant of systematically stealing their wages and committing other labor violations.
The suits, filed Wednesday and Thursday, are seeking class-...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 5:06 PM
Same clown, new clothes: Is that the main takeaway of McDonald’s newest makeover of its brand ambassador Ronald McDonald?
On Wednesday, the Oak Brook, Ill., fast-food giant unveiled a new look for the redheaded clown and announced he'd be featured...
| May 22, 2014
| 10:47 AM
I admire and support the peaceful demonstrations to raise fast-food and retail employees' wages across the nation. It was sad to read one worker's comments to the Tribune at a recent McDonald's demonstration in Oak Brook: "It's not a living wage. It's a...