Unions Fall Further From Favor?

Notwithstanding the best efforts of the NLRB and likely, much to their dismay, the notion of union membership seems to lose more luster with the working class each week. We noted this week that workers at the Boeing plant in Charleston, SC overwhelmingly rejected membership in the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Of…

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Chairwoman Foxx Highlights CFA Day Forum

The CFA is excited to announce its keynote speaker at the 2017 CFA Day Forum on March 15 will be Chairwoman Virginia Foxx of North Carolina.  A great friend of small business, Foxx represents North Carolina’s 5th congressional district and is the new chair of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. The committee…

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Florida Fair Franchising Update

We will report regularly on the fate of the Protect Florida Small Business Act, filed last week by Florida state senator Jack Latvala and a host of other sponsors.  The bill (SB 750 – An Act Relating Franchises) seeks to restore some sense of balance to the franchisee-franchisor relationship.  Within an hour of the bill…

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Profile in Courage? Not!

Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser had previously expressed reservations about the latest family leave bill that the DC Council sent for her signature. In fact, when the Council passed the bill back in December, she released a statement explaining that the law would be too costly on DC business and would mostly benefit suburbanites working…

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Tax it, Label it, Tether it!

In some ways, the state of California began the rush to apply additional punitive taxes to customers who buy “sugary beverages” when Berkeley voters passed a measure to apply a $.01 cent per ounce tax on purchase in 2014. Since that time, no fewer than 4 other communities in the Golden State have enacted it…

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Lowering Wage Minimums?

Inevitably, there is going to be one that cuts against the grain, and on the subject of minimum wages, it appears that Iowa might just be the one!  Republican Governor Terry Bransford has endorsed a small increase in the state minimum wage (currently $7.25), but also qualified his endorsement by adding that its necessary to…

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New York, New York

Yes, start spreading the news . . . New York State may have reached the tipping point with liberal New York City mayor Bill de Blasio and some of his over-the-top edicts from on high! Last week, the legislature passed – and Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law – a bill that places a moratorium…

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Miscellaneous

Restaurant Brands International, Inc. held a Q4 earnings call this week, and Tim Horton’s revealed surprisingly strong US same store sales – +3.6% for the quarter and +4.9% on the year – stronger than Dunkin’ and close to that of Starbucks, albeit on a very small geographic base. RBI does not break out ticket and…

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If At First You Don’t Succeed . . .

Over the past several weeks, we’ve reported a date & time for the impending confirmation hearing of Labor Secretary nominee Andy Puzder – each time giving a date in the upcoming week when the hearing was scheduled, and each week it has been postponed. Next week, the US Senate HELP Committee has scheduled a public…

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Regulatory Repeal Slowed by Hearing Delays

As much as Congress may be anxious to undo some of the more egregious regulatory mandates imposed last year by the Department of Labor, it seems that the aforementioned delays in the Puzder confirmation process are also delaying the repeal efforts – especially of the overtime rule that doubled the overtime threshold.  According to a…

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