Unions, employers gearing up for card check battle

The Employee Free Choice Act is a proposed Law that unions say would make it easier for them to bring unions into workplaces. It would allow workers to bypass traditional union-establishing elections if a majority sign cards that would authorize a union, a process known as card check. Business owners say it will be a game changer and not for the good.

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Small biz taxes: What’s in store

“States are getting slammed, and they will have to make some ugly choices,” says James Horney, a researcher at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington, D.C., think tank.

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McDonald’s invades Fashion Week

Fast food giant’s coffee grabs the spotlight with freebies under the tents at Bryant Park. Adrianne Paquarelli reports in Crain’s New York that Fashion designers are not the only ones debuting collections at Fashion Week. In a sign of the tough times, fast-food giant McDonald’s, which revealed its corporate sponsorship of Fashion Week earlier this…

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IFA calls on Congress for industry aid

The International Franchise Association (IFA) is urging Congress to take action to help franchised business owners weather the current economic crisis and help lead the country out of the recession.

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Starbucks Coffee, Now in Instant

Last Tuesday, the man who set out to improve Americans’ taste in coffee, unveiled instant coffee bearing the Starbucks brand. Packages of Via Ready Brew will appear in Starbucks shops in Seattle and Chicago on March 3, the same day that Starbucks will begin offering breakfast value meals in stores nationwide.

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Consumer Reports names Eight O’Clock Coffee Tops

The best buy for penny-pinching java junkies is a bag of Eight O’Clock Coffee, which topped Starbucks, Folger’s, Maxwell House, and Dunkin’ Donuts, according to Consumer Reports. Consumer Reports named Eight O’Clock Coffee the best deal for caffeine hounds based on its aroma, flavor, floral notes, fruitiness, bitterness and body. The brand’s 100% Colombian coffee was deemed to be…

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Nespresso Opens on Newbury Street

On Newbury Street, pocked with vacancies and struggling merchants, the boutique Nespresso is seeking to capitalize on consumers looking to save money by making espresso beverages at home. The sleek shop, which opened several weeks ago and sells upscale espresso machines starting at $200, had long looked for a spot on Newbury Street and scored…

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