Up to 1974, McDonald's employees in Puerto Rico were unionised, but thecompany was sold to a new franchisee. A dispute followed, closing all the stores andMcDonald's pulled out of Puerto Rico. They reopened in 1980 with non-union labour .
New countries - England, Netherlands, Antilles, Guatemala.
The first Ronald McDonald House opened in Philadelphia.
At a San Francisco Labor Board hearing, McDonald's workers testified that lie-detectors had been used to ask about union sympathies, following which the companywas threatened with legal action.
PHOTO: McDonald's buildings have undergone dramaticchanges from the first one opened by Kroc in 1955 (top)which is now preserved as a museum, to this ultra modernrestaurant opened in 1983 in New Orleans (bottom.(
The company's first Drive-Thru opened inSierra Vista, Arizona.
New countries - Hong Kong, Bahamas, Nicaragua.
Fred Turner becomes Chairman, Ray KrocSenior Chairman, and Ed Schmitt becomesPresident.
Broadcast advertising appeared in UK cinemas.
McDonald's first UK TV advertisement was broadcast.
4,000th store opened in Canada.
New countries - Switzerland, New Zealand.
Largest restaurant opens - with 334 seats.
New countries - Ireland, Austria.
Breakfast menu introduced, nationally in America.
The 5,000th restaurant opened in Kanagawa, Japan and it made US $1 million inits first year .
Sundaes introduced in USA.
In one store in Chicago (USA), a majority of McDonald's workers joined a union.The company then took legal action to stop recognition for the union unless theycould get a majority in the 8 stores run by the franchisee.
New country - Belgium.
A 7 month strike in Dublin (Ireland) lead to recognition of the ITGWU union. In1985, two union activists won a victory at a labour court after claiming victimisationand unfair dismissal.
New countries - Brazil and Singapore.
The 6,000th restaurant opened in Munich.