Labor Shortage Bill Filed

Although certainly not a silver bullet, legislation was filed late last month to help franchisees address the current labor shortage. The Essential Worker for Economic Advancement Act (EWEA) was filed by Representative Lloyd Smucker (R-PA-11) on March 28. EWEA would create a three-year H-2C visa program for nonimmigrant service workers who would fill nonagricultural jobs…

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Help Pass the EWEA

The filing of the aforementioned Essential Worker for Economic Advancement Act (EWEA) is another prime example of why you should attend the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) Lobby Day in Washington, DC on June 22, 2022. The CFA Lobby Day gives franchisees across the country a great opportunity to explain to our elected leaders how…

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NLRB-FMCS Partnership Pushes Unions

Continuing its efforts to spread unionization throughout the business world, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel this week announced a new partnership with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services (FMCS) office. FMCS is an independent federal agency created in 1947 to promote labor-management peace and cooperation by providing mediation and conflict resolution services.…

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NLRB Sues Starbucks over Firings

And as if to add an exclamation point to its unmistakable pro-union stance, the NLRB filed suit against Starbucks alleging the company was guilty of unfair labor practices in the firing of 3 former employees. The NLRB Phoenix regional office filed the action in US District Court alleging that Starbucks illegally retaliated against three of…

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Make an Impact in Washington DC

In the wake of the aforementioned success, this seems a perfect time to implore our franchisee subscribers to attend the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) Lobby Day in Washington, DC on June 22, 2022. As evidenced by the very favorable results on ERTC penalty relief that we detailed above, the CFA Lobby Day gives franchisees…

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More Pro-Union Push from NLRB?

In her unceasing quest to cultivate further unionization across the business spectrum, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo announced her latest efforts last week on Twitter. Abruzzo, who formerly worked for SEIU, advised the Board in a brief filed in a pending case (Cemex Construction Materials v International Brotherhood of Teamsters) that…

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Cutting “Workweek” Hours

Speaking of California, the latest proposal from the Golden State, looks to redefine what constitutes a “workweek”. AB 2932, filed by Los Angeles County Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, would change the definition of a workweek from the current 40 hours to 32 hours for companies with more than 500 employees. In addition, it would require overtime…

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Starbucks Union Woes Continue

With 6 more upstate New York stores and a shop in Kansa voting to unionize last week, only to be followed by 2 Boston area stores doing so UNANIMOUSLY this week, Starbucks will be pursuing a different strategy moving forward under interim CEO Howard Schultz (also the founder and twice previously President and CEO). In…

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NLRB Stopping Mandatory Meetings

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo yesterday issued a memorandum advising regional NLRB offices that she will be asking the Board to find that mandatory employee meetings held by some companies to persuade their workers to reject unionizing is a violation of federal labor law. In her 3-page memorandum, Abruzzo contends that…

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Pushing Unions in the Future

With almost three years remaining in the term of President Biden, the self-proclaimed “most pro-union president ever”, organized labor is indeed making strides. One of the major forces in the federal government that can greatly influence organized labor is the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In the wake of decisions such as that reported above…

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