McDonald's workers file complaints over burns in ongoing campaign for higher pay, unionization

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McDonald's workers in 19 cities filed complaints over burns from grease, a lack of protective equipment and other workplace hazards, according to labor organizers.

This is the latest move in a campaign to win pay of $15 an hour and unionization for fast-food workers by publicly pressuring McDonald's. The push began more than two years ago and is being spearheaded by the Service Employees International Union.

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The burns and other hazards were detailed in complaints announced Monday and filed with U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration in recent weeks.

In a statement, McDonald's Corp. said franchisees are committed to providing safe working conditions and it will review the allegations. A Labor Department representative confirmed the complaints were received by OSHA but said the agency doesn't discuss ongoing investigations