2022 Union Petitions Dwarf Last Year

It probably isn’t a surprise to anyone, with the Biden administration strongly pushing unionization, but the total number of union representation petitions filed in the first three quarters of this fiscal year already dwarfs the total for all of FY21. The National Labor Relations board (NLRB) this week issued a press release reporting that 1,935…

Read More »

More QSRs Face Union Elections

It’s not just Starbucks anymore, as more employee groups within the QSR industry are petitioning the NLRB for union representation elections. What essentially began as a movement within Starbucks has now spread to a couple of stores within the Chipotle brand as well as a host of smaller chain brands across the country. We told…

Read More »

Trio of New Employment Laws

A trio of new laws took effect on July 1 in the state of Tennessee of which employers in the Volunteer State need to be aware. The laws address race-based discrimination, Veteran’s Day and the physical or mental deficiencies of workers. First off, the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act…

Read More »

Starbucks

Notwithstanding that over 170 Starbucks locations have already formally voted to unionize, the company appears to be pushing back in a “watch out what you ask for, you might get it” kind of way. A major complaint of the workers in many of the stores around the Starbucks footprint have centered around safety issues and…

Read More »

House Funding Online Union Elections

If the US House Appropriations Committee gets its way on pending funding legislation, the National Labor Relations Board will be in position to create a system whereby union representation elections would be held electronically. Last week, the Appropriations Committee formally approved FY23 funding legislation that includes funding for virtual elections thereby opening the door further…

Read More »

Independent Joe #74 June/July 2022

This year was supposed to be different. After a pandemic, racial unrest, supply chain issues and more, 2022 was to be the year things began to normalize. But then, Russia declared war on Ukraine, inflation – climbing at a 40-year high – didn’t recede as predicted, and today everything costs more than it did a…

Read More »

NLRB Releases Rulemaking Agenda

There is more trouble coming down the pike from the NLRB in the form of revisions to a couple of regulations from the agency. As we’ve seen in the past, General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo has been aggressive in pushing to overturn past decisions by the NLRB that upheld the position of business interests. Now, with…

Read More »

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…

Read More »

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…

Read More »

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…

Read More »