House Bill Would Alter FLSA

House Appropriations Chairwoman and Connecticut Representative Rosa DeLauro, along with 45 democratic co-sponsors, has again filed the Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act of 2022. In general terms, the bill would upset some long-standing legal doctrines surrounding the Labor Management Relations Act, and increase both the risk and severity of FLSA collective actions. In…

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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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White House Puts Thumb on The Scale

With the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) seemingly pulling out all the stops to punish business and ‘win’ unionization at every turn, the President added the prestige of the White House to that effort with a pro-union meeting at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. President Biden made it clear during his campaign that he would be the…

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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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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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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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