When fast-food workers demand higher pay from McDonald's, the corporate office says, "take that up with individual franchise owners; it’s not our problem." Now the National Labor Relations Board says the corporation is responsible after all. The NLRB general counsel has ruled that corporate McDonald’s is a “joint employer” along with its 14,000 franchisees. That comes after 20 months of complaints against franchises all over the country. If it’s upheld, it could ease the way for unionization nationwide. That’s according to Steven Greenhouse, labor and workplace reporter for the New York Times.