For workers to get a raise, the franchised fast-food industry needs reform.
For fast-food franchisees as a whole, a profit margin of 4 to 6 percent is probably the norm, and it is not enough to raise front-line workers to a living wage without other changes to the system as a whole.
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Until the growing imbalance of power between franchisors and franchisees is corrected, there is little chance that wages for fast-food workers can be substantially improved. For workers to get a raise, we need to reform the franchised fast-food industry from top to bottom.