Gridlock Returns

At long last, it appears the final votes have all been counted and notwithstanding many predictions of a major ‘red wave’ coming in the 2022 midterms, the results were anything but. Despite the history of midterm elections always costing the party occupying the White House, democrats held on to the majority in the Senate and…

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Biden Nominates New IRS Boss

Toward that end, President Biden has officially nominated a new Commissioner to head up the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The name of Danny Werfel, the head of Boston Consulting Group’s global public sector practice, was sent to the US Senate for confirmation as the new IRS Commissioner. If confirmed by the Senate, Werfel will take…

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Right to Unionize Adopted

Illinois will become the first state to ban “right to work” laws after voters approved the ballot measure constitutionally securing the right of workers to unionize and bargain collectively. The Illinois Constitution allows for two methods by which an amendment can be added: be approved with 60% or greater margin, or collect more a simple…

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Deadline Looms for FAST Act Petition

Save Local Restaurants, a coalition consisting of the International Franchise Association (IFA) along with the National Restaurant Association (NRA) and the U.S Chamber of Commerce is rapidly approaching a critical deadline for its ballot initiative to repeal the so-called FAST Act (Fast-food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act). After the FAST Act was signed into law…

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Workers Strike Starbucks

Yesterday, Starbucks Workers United organized a one-day strike at over 110 unionized stores across 25 states around the country. According to a statement from the union, the strikes were said to be in retaliation for Starbucks’ anti-union activities, their previous efforts to defeat the unionizing efforts, and delays in scheduling bargaining sessions. Company spokespeople have…

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Business Groups Sue Connecticut

Earlier this month, a number of major business associations – led by the United States Chamber of Commerce – filed a federal lawsuit challenging a ban on captive audience meetings in the Constitution State. A Connecticut law prohibits employers from requiring employee attendance at “captive audience” meetings where the employer shares their opinion on broadly…

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Economic Trends

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported last week that the real average hourly earning for all employees decreased 0.1 percent from September to October, seasonally adjusted. The result stems from an increase of 0.4 percent in average hourly earning combined with an increase of 0.4 percent in the CPI combined with no change…

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Competitor News

Caribou Coffee has entered the domestic franchise world with the opening just yesterday of its first domestic franchised location in Wooster, Ohio. The company, which has largely used non-traditional (licensed) operations for its business model with 325 company-owned units across the country. Another newer company in the coffee space, Hawaii-based Bad Ass Coffee, announced the…

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Election Results

We’ll let the major media talking heads comment on most of the big races and results across the country from Tuesday’s midterm elections while we highlight some of the issues and results that might be of greater concern to franchisees and other small business owners. That said, we note that once again, the results were…

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Ballot Questions: Election Post-Mortem

It was an even split on election day for questions on keeping a tipped wage as Portland Maine voters resoundingly rejected a ballot proposal to eliminate the tipped wage and hike the minimum within the city to $18 per hour. Question D, as the initiative was known went down to defeat by a 61-39% margin.…

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