CFA Day A Week+ Away

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations’ (CFA) annual CFA Day and Lobbying Forum in Washington, DC is just over a week away – and we’re delighted that over a dozen members of Congress plan to attend our evening reception after the May 9 event. CFA Day presents a golden opportunity for Dunkin’ franchisees to unite with…

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Dunkin’ Earnings

Dunkin Brands reported Q1 2018 earnings on Thursday, reporting a $0.09 EPS earnings beat versus consensus, revenue was $1.8 M light, while the stock was down $ .31 for the day, having changed little. Dunkin US reported negative .4% for same store sales, with ticket up and traffic down by unspecified amounts. The impact of…

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Competitor News

Tim Horton parent, Restaurant Brands International, noted problems at Tims on its recent earning call. Public perception of the Canadian coffee and donut chain has declined in Canada in large measure, due to Tim’s corporate ongoing conflict with its franchisees. The chain has a new president and is mandating remodels, new espresso drink lines and…

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After Confirmation, Ring Promoted to Chairman

As we advised last week, attorney John Ring was confirmed by the US Senate last Thursday for the final slot on the National Labor Relations Board. What wasn’t evident at the time was that President Trump would be immediately promoting Ring to the chairmanship of the agency. He announced that move last Thursday evening, replacing…

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35-Day Wait for Union Elections?

The Obama-era NLRB adopted the so-called “Ambush Election rule” back in December 2014 with the significantly shortened timeframe taking effect on April 14, 2015. The effect of the rule change was significant and among other changes, served to reduce the time frame from the filing of a union representation petition to the holding of the…

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NLRB Funding Fracas

There’s more NLRB intrigue when we talk about funding the agency received in the Omnibus Spending bill signed in late March to keep the government running through the end of the fiscal year. The White House Office of Management and Budget is trying to claw back some of that funding (a $192 million increase over…

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Andrew Puzder Headlines DDIFO Conference

Andrew Puzder, former CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., will headline the DDIFO National Conference in New Orleans on June 11 & 12, giving the closing keynote address on Tuesday, June 12. Puzder, who was nominated in December 2016 by then president-elect Trump to serve as Secretary of Labor,…

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Hall of Fame Nominations Open

DDIFO members are advised that the Hall of Fame nomination process is now opened for them to submit the names of other individuals that should be considered for induction in the DDIFO Franchise Owners Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame induction luncheon will be held at the conclusion of the 2018 National Conference, immediately…

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Employment Law Enforcement Office

Believe me when I tell you, nothing good will come out of a proposal in the Chicago Board of Alderman to create a new Office of Labor Standards that would be charged with enforcing minimum wage and paid sick leave laws in the Windy City. Alderman Ameya Pawar is the lead sponsor among 35 others…

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CFA Day Just 2+ Weeks Away

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations’ (CFA) annual CFA Day and Lobbying Forum in Washington, DC is only a few weeks away. This popular event, which will be held on May 9, presents a golden opportunity for Dunkin’ franchisees to unite with franchisees from 17 different brands in various industries from across the United States to…

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