Independent Joe #41 December 2016/January 2017

If there was one theme that ran throughout the recent DDIFO National Conference held at Foxwoods Resort Casino, it was “Be vigilant.” The theme framed discussions on franchising, government relations, Dunkin’ Brands’ new franchise agreement and the competitive landscape facing QSRs like Dunkin’ Donuts. And while some speakers presented the theme in more desperate terms…

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Experience + Smarts = Successful Expansion

He came in with donuts and came out with tires and mufflers. Not literally, but let’s not quibble over the details. The figurative donuts-for-tires trade happened when Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee Eric Eskander struck up a conversation with a Meineke owner at the DDIFO National Conference two years ago. Eskander wasn’t looking to diversify his portfolio,…

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Love, Marriage and Dunkin’

When Colleen Bailey walked into her local Dunkin’ in Rockland, Maine, she knew she would get donuts and coffee. She didn’t know she’d fall in love, get married and eventually own nine Dunkin shops of her own. “Ed owned the Dunkin’ and I lived right up the street from it. That’s how we met,” says…

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Missouri Tees Up Right to Work

Missouri is poised to soon become the 28th right-to-work state in the nation. The Show Me state’s House of Representatives debated a right-to-work bill on the House floor this week and gave the measure initial approval Wednesday. HB 91 would free union non-members from any legal obligation to pay fees to a union that bargains…

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Court Orders Wage Plan to Ballot

Right to work isn’t the only issue generating news in Missouri as this week the state Supreme Court ordered Kansas City to put a minimum wage initiative that could ultimately lead to a $15 minimum wage on the municipal ballot.  Missouri law preempts local communities from establishing their own minimum wages higher than that of…

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Court Strikes Local Right to Work Law

Well, we now have competing federal court decisions on the question of whether local communities and counties can establish their own right to work laws. This week, the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois struck down a local right-to-work law adopted by the town of Lincolnshire, approximately 30 miles north of Chicago.…

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Kentucky Becomes 27th Right-To-Work State

Notwithstanding the above, Kentucky effectively mooted the aforementioned Hardin County court case when Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin signed Kentucky right to work legislation into law last Saturday.  The newly republican-controlled Kentucky Senate moved quickly to get the bill before the governor after the House (also boasting a republican majority) passed the bill last week.  The…

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Of Wages & Taxes

The Cleveland minimum wage hike that was planned for a May 2, 2017 vote on a referendum but was sidelined by the Ohio legislature and governor agreeing on pre-emption has been officially withdrawn. Organizers and petitioners with the SEIU-funded advocacy front Raise Up Cleveland are still lamenting that the petition to hike the minimum wage…

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State Legislatures Gearing Up

While some have just this week concluded their 2016 sessions, most state legislatures are just beginning to get prepared for their 2017 sessions.  Legislators in Kentucky have gotten quickly to work however. On Wednesday, the House passed a Kentucky right-to-work law that has been close, but never actually signed into law.  That should change next…

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Monkey See, Monkey Do

As we’ve seen in the past on an array of different initiatives, a new government mandate in one community will soon be replicated elsewhere with the effect being a wave across the country.  The soda tax idea is just the latest in an unfortunately long line of taxes, regulations and mandates.  Aside from the Philadelphia…

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