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McDonald's Labor Accord Tossed by Agency Judge as `Lacking'

  • U.S. labor board judge cites ‘history of antagonism’ in ruling
  • Company urged approval of pact to avoid years more litigation
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McDonald’s Corp. failed to win approval to resolve a bitter dispute with franchise employees who claim they were fired for participating in a national movement for union rights and $15 wages in fast food.

A National Labor Relations Board administrative law judge wrote Tuesday that “certain fundamental elements of any effective settlement are lacking.” Such a complicated settlement in a case loaded with confusion and a “history of antagonism” virtually guarantees the accord won’t work, she said.