Fort Worth Workers Join Effort to Unionize Starbucks

Hispanic Business reports that Workers at a Fort Worth Starbucks said Friday they have joined an effort launched in 2004 to unionize the nation’s largest coffee company. The workers, who blocked the drive-through lane early Friday at the Starbucks at 1608 W. Rosedale St., said Fort Worth is the sixth U.S. city — and the first in Texas — with an outlet where workers have affiliated with the fledgling Starbucks Workers’ Union.

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Restaurants at the Crossroads: A State-by-State Summary of Key Wage-and-Hour Provisions

A new Roundtable Retrospective from Cornell’s Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) seeks to unravel the remarkable tangle of wage-and-hour regulations throughout the United States. Based on an investigation that began with the center’s Labor and Employment Law Roundtables, authors Carolyn Richmond, Martha Lomanno, and David Sherwyn developed this guide to wage-and-hour regulations in all fifty U.S. states, as well as other jurisdictions, such as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. They were assisted in this research by Darren Rumack and Jason Shapiro.

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2009 Top Ten List of Federal (FLSA) Wage and Hour Violations

From time time DDIFO is pleased to present Guest Commentary from valued contributors. The following is an article written and submitted by Attorney Jim Reidy, Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA, 1000 Elm Street, Manchester, New Hampshire 03105, 603-627-8217, jreidy@sheehan.com. Each year we review the Top Ten FLSA (federal) wage and hour violations. The stakes for noncompliance with these wage laws are higher than ever before, so with each outline we have provided some guidance on how to avoid being on these DOL “naughty” lists.

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Taking Your Employees’ Temperature

At the recent DDIFO meeting in Worcester, MA, Washington D.C. lobbyist Rick Berman of Berman & Co. prompted considerable discussion about what steps owners can take to maintain a union-free shop. The well-known business lobbyist, that 60 Minutes reffered to as as “Dr. Evil,” outlined the progress unions are making in passing the so-called check card legislation in Congress. That legislation, if passed, would make it easier for unions to organize businesses, including restaurants, he said.

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