SEIU Sleight of Hand In Poll Results

Although it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to anyone, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) recently released a poll they commissioned through their National Council for Occupational Safety and Health that purported to show that some 79% of fast food kitchen workers had been burned on the job!  Certainly headline-grabbing to this point, but…

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At the State Level

As legislative sessions begin to get more involved, we’re seeing more action now in state houses across the country.  The Maine legislature recently hosted a packed public hearing at which they took testimony on a number of different proposals to increase the minimum wage by various amounts.  Negotiations are now underway to find a suitable…

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Upcoming Events

The 2015 Multi-Unit Franchising Conference begins next Tuesday evening at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas with a great lineup of speakers, events and exhibits.  This year’s Chairman of the MUFC is multi-unit Dunkin’ franchisee Rob Branca, who is quoted extensively in a feature article in the latest 1851 Magazine.  We congratulate Rob on his MUFC…

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Miscellaneous

The National Restaurant Association reported this week that despite a bit of weather-driven sluggishness, business confidence within the restaurant industry remains relatively strong.  For the 24th consecutive month, the NRA Restaurant Performance Index remained above 100.00, clocking in at 102.6 for February, down slightly from January’s mark of 102.7.  The industry was still hiring well…

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Competitor News

Topping the news from competitors would be this week’s announcement by McDonalds that they will increase their minimum wages in company-owned stores beginning in July, 2015.  Over the subsequent 18 months, the Golden Arches plans to bring their lowest paid corporate workers up to a minimum of $1/hour above the specific legislated minimum for each…

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