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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ROC Front Targets Tipped Wage

One Fair Wage, the wholly-owned non-profit political arm of the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) that is backed (and financed?) by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is now bringing pressure on company stockholders to eliminate tip credits. Through stockholders, including the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed…

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CFA Lobby Day Fast Approaching

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) Lobby Day Forum, planned for June 22 in Washington DC, offers business leaders like Dunkin’ franchise owners from across the footprint a great opportunity to dig deeper into the issues that most affect your operations – and your bottom line! Register now to attend this year’s event and help…

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Sky’s the Limit!

Or at least it seems that way to many elected officials with regard to minimum wage levels. To underscore, let’s look at an example from both the east and west coasts.  ‘Raise Up New York’, a newly formed coalition of labor and advocates in the Empire State, is working on resurrecting legislation filed by state…

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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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Starbucks Q2 Earnings Call

Starbucks interim CEO Howard Schultz presided over the company Q2 earnings call earlier this week at which he announced plans for a $1 Billion investment in revised 2022 OPEX/CAPEX for such items as additional employee investments, more training, replacing equipment, building new stores and planning new sales platforms. This is the largest mid-year flex-up in…

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Registered for CFA Lobby Day Yet?

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) Lobby Day Forum, planned for June 22 in Washington DC, offers business leaders like Dunkin’ franchise owners from across the footprint a great opportunity to dig deeper into the issues that most affect your operations – and your bottom line! Why not register now to attend this year’s event…

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Independent Joe #73 April/May 2022

“Skin in the game,” is how Dunkin’ President Scott Murphy explains the decision to increase the number of corporate-owned locations. “It demonstrates to our franchisees that anything we ask them to do, we will now be executing at a large scale alongside them.” While Dunkin’ has acquired franchise units from time to time – including…

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An Ounce of Prevention

For all intents and purposes, the union movement began in the United States back in the early 20th century with a host of strikes leading up to the start of the “Roaring Twenties.” Strikes in the coal industry mostly lead the way at that time with the mines being shut down due to labor unrest…

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