Union Push Hits Chipotle

The growing push to unionize QSRs took another step this week with employees at a Chipotle store in Augusta Maine formally filing a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for a union representation election. If the petition is approved by NLRB (a fairly safe assumption) and the employees vote to unionize, it will…

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NLRB Reversing Precedent for Unions

There’s almost enough fodder to make NLRB activities a weekly feature in Small Regular No Sugar! and this week is no exception. A recent Advice Memorandum from NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo laid out a number of changes that she wants made to Board precedents relating union access to employer property. Specifically, the General Counsel…

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Starbucks in the Crosshairs

It is a safe bet that the aforementioned NLRB is rooting hard for more successful unionization efforts across the country, but the front line of that battle continues to be Starbucks and the 300 election petitions nationally filed by Starbucks Workers United. In some of the more recent news, the union formally filed an unfair…

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Staying Up on Starbucks Unionizing

Despite the fact a new YouGov survey shows that less than half (48%) of Americans surveyed reported a favorable view of unions, the push to unionize Starbucks continues to enjoy significant success. This week, Bloomberg news reported that the union effort now includes nearly 300 individual election petitions filed with the National Labor Relations Board…

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NLRB Redefining Union Election Loss

In an egregious display of pro-union bias, the National Labor Relations Board is seeking to force Starbucks to bargain at a stored that rejected organizing under the union! Back in December of last year when the unionizing effort began, employees at the Starbucks store in Hamburg outside of Buffalo voted 12-8 against unionizing the store…

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NLRB Continues Pursuit of Starbucks

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is flexing more of its pro-union muscle against Starbucks as the government agency leveled no fewer than 33 unfair labor practice complaints against the company. The NLRB complaints, filed by the Regional Director for the Buffalo New York Region, stem from the initial unionizing efforts within Starbucks. Notwithstanding a…

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And Yet, More Union Battlegrounds

Vermont gadfly Senator Bernie Sanders chairs the Senate Budget Committee that held a public hearing last week objectively entitled “Should Taxpayer Dollars Go to Companies that Violate Labor Laws?” One of the prime speakers invited to testify was a fired Amazon employee (Chris Smalls) who helped create the Amazon Labor Union (ALU). Smalls testified that…

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‘Captive Audience’ Ban

Organized labor appears close to celebrating a big win in Connecticut as the House of Representatives last week passed legislation that will prohibit employers from holding mandatory meetings on unionization and other sensitive subjects. Senate bill 163, which passed the state Senate a few weeks ago, was approved by the House on a vote of…

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