Coffee Competition

Not only has the Golden Arches stolen share from java leader Starbucks as the place most preferred by coffee drinkers, but McDonald’s has also dislodged Dunkin’ Donuts from its second-place spot, according to the May 2009 survey by BIGResearch of more than 8,000 consumers.

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DDIFO joins Lobbying Efforts to Protect Franchise Owners

On May 20 and 21, members of the Coalition of Franchise Associations (CFA)—representing about 50,000 franchise shops throughout the country—gathered for a meeting in Washington, D.C. (DDIFO is one of the founding members). DDIFO sent two representatives to Washington for the meeting.

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Legislative Update from the CFA – June 2009

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) which DDIFO is a member of has been active in Washington DC on a number of high priority issues. Here is excerpts from their monthly Legislative Newsletter. Including updates on both Federal and State legislation.

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Take Action Alert: “Employee Free Choice Act”

We have recently been informed that the “Employee Free Choice Act” — also known as “card check” — may be voted on in the U.S. Senate during the month of June. It is urgent that you contact your Senators to tell them to oppose this radical legislation.

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Starbucks wins California Tip-pooling Case Appeal

An appeals court in California sided with Starbucks Corp. and on Tuesday reversed a lower-court ruling that the Seattle coffee giant’s tip-sharing policies violated California labor law. The court agreed with Starbucks that shift supervisors may share in customers’ tips.

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NASAA Supports Arbitration Fairness Act

The North American Securities Administrators Association, NASAA, announced last week that it fully supports the Arbitration Fairness Act, introduced as S. 931 by Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) and H.R. 1020 by Representative Hank Johnson (D-GA), which makes forced arbitration unenforceable.

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Starbucks Is Now the Official MSNBC ‘Morning Joe’

Starbucks is becoming a naming sponsor of “Morning Joe,” in what is the closest integration between an advertiser and a national news program in recent memory. Harkening back to the “Camel News Caravan,” an NBC news roundup sponsored by a cigarette manufacturer in the 1950s, graphics and voice-overs will tell viewers that “Morning Joe” is “brewed by Starbucks.”

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