Checking Again on Unions

Regrettably, it seems the broad subject of unionization and what organized labor is doing is becoming a regular feature in Small Regular No Sugar! of late. This week, two more Starbucks stores in the Boston area (now totaling 4 in Boston market) as well as a store in Tallahassee Florida filed for union representation elections…

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NLRB Certifies 2nd Starbucks Union

We may collectively be looking past the current unionizing troubles befalling Starbucks, but franchisees who do, do so at their own peril! Last week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) certified union representation for the second Starbucks store in the Buffalo market. The union effort that ended on December 8 was originally reported to have…

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Senators Urge Weil Withdrawal

A handful of Republican Senators answered our prayers last week in urging the White House to withdraw the nomination of David Weil for the position of Administrator of the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division. A staunch opponent of the franchise business model and all things franchising, Wei, an academician and anti-business author, was…

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That Was Quick!

Newly unionized Starbucks workers in the company’s Elmwood New York store wasted n time in flexing their new union muscles, walking off the job this week and forcing the company to close that store for the day. The six scheduled employees who walked out then formed a picket line outside the store. The Elmwood store…

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Happening Fast on the Union Front

With a handful of QSR chains – Starbucks in Buffalo New York included – now being unionized, and against the backdrop of the very pro-union Biden administration, it behooves us to keep a watchful eye on unionizing issues in general.  Toward that end, the NLRB last week announced a settlement with Amazon in the wake…

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Starbucks Union Issue Spreading

Coming on the heels of employees in one Buffalo market Starbucks store formally voting to unionize, efforts to replicate that first successful unionizing effort in the company are spreading. Before the ink on the NLRB union ratification had even dried, employees at three other Buffalo area stores began similar organizing efforts and employees from two…

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Final Tip Credit Rule Becomes Effective

Yet another change in the tipping rules as relates the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will become effective just a few days after Christmas when the newest DOL Final Rule on paying tipped employees kicks in on December 28, 2021. These latest DOL regulations resurrect the 80/20 rule, whereby an employer can only take a…

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Union Win, Loss & Dispute in Buffalo

One of the three Starbucks stores voting in an NLRB union representation election in the Buffalo market voted to accept representation by the Starbuck Worker United, while another rejected the union and a third was in dispute as of last night. According to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which tabulated the votes yesterday, employees…

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NLRB Flexes Union Muscle

Change can certainly happen quickly and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is a prime example. Under President Biden, who famously promised unions during the campaign that he’d be the best friend organized labor ever had in the Oval Office, there seems a significant push to broaden union organizing efforts and punish businesses that seek…

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Google Must Show Anti-Union Strategy

Elsewhere, social media giant Google was ordered by another NLRB Judge to turn over some 80 documents relating internal communications and strategies the company has employed to facilitate anti-unionizing sentiment within the company’s workforce. The NLRB filed the initial complaint against the tech giant a year ago after it had fired several employees for violating…

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