Now, On The Other Hand

What the Governors giveth, the locals taketh away – or so it seems.  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called for state lawmakers to increase the minimum wage in the city by 44 percent.  In what was described as a “robustly liberal” speech, he advocated for increasing the minimum wage to $15/hour by 2019…

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Still More From Cities

Aside from minimum wage issues, mandated paid sick leave continues to make news as Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, who previously vetoed mandatory sick leave (twice!) has now signed on to the notion as his Chief of Staff informed the press.  With that nod from the Mayor, the Committee on Public Health and Human Services unanimously…

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GMO Labeling Is On Tap in Minnesota

It’s on the books in Vermont (but the subject of pending litigation) and Connecticut and Maine have authorized it if neighboring states require it, but now the state of Minnesota has positioned itself as the first state outside New England to consider legislation mandating the labeling of all food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  The…

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Mid-Atlantic District Meeting

In just under one week, DDIFO will get its 2015 member meetings program underway with the Mid Atlantic District Meeting being held at the Doubletree by Hilton Newark Airport Hotel next Thursday, February 12.  The meeting will begin with lunch at noon and will conclude at 3:00 PM.  The program, Navigating the Uncharted Waters of…

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Upcoming Member Meetings –

Later this month, we will be heading to Orlando, Florida for the Orlando District meeting on February 26 at the Four Points by Sheraton Orlando Studio City Hotel.   This program, which will also focus on ramifications of the Affordable Care Act, as well as the recent NLRB rulings and their impact on the franchising community,…

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Multi-Unit Franchising Conference & DDIFO Discount

On the subject of exceptional meetings and conferences, you should consider attending the 2015 Multi-Unit Franchising Conference at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas April 8 – 10.  DDIFO leader Rob Branca is the 2015 MUFC Chairman and DDIFO members may register for the event at the discounted rate of $495 by using the special discount…

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CFA Lobby Day Forum –

Don’t forget to register for the CFA Day Forum at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC on March 24 – 25, 2015.  CFA has so far confirmed two great speakers for the event, Congressman Mike Kelly (R – PA -03) along with Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV).  Rep Kelly, a primary sponsor of the 15-year…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Dunkin’ Brands reported Q4 2014 results yesterday with US comparable store sales growth of 1.4% and increased revenue of 5.5%.  Reporting 141 net new opens in the US, Dunkin’ stated earnings of $.46 per share, but thereby disappointed Wall Street, missing their expectation of $.47 per share.  Last week, Paul Carbone updated the investment community…

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Competitor News

Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz landed on the cover of Time Magazine in this month’s edition with a story headlined “What Starbucks Knows About America”.  Also, in an agreement with the Seattle company, Delta Airlines began serving Starbucks coffee this month on all of their flights worldwide.  Georgia-based Chick-fill-A has apparently jumped into the free coffee…

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Lawsuit Effort to Expand “Joint-Employer”

We’re all following the NLRB push to include franchisors as “joint employers” so as to ease unionizing efforts, but now comes a new fight to expand that definition.  Last week, 10 former employees of a Virginia McDonald’s restaurant filed a civil rights suit alleging racial harassment and discrimination against the franchisee, but the lawsuit also…

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