Mesa Starbucks Votes to Unionize

With now well over 100 company-owned Starbucks locations seeking union representation elections under the administrative eye of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), each new location where unionizing efforts are successful presents additional potential challenges for the QSR industry at large and franchising in particular. The latest Starbucks location to formally endorse representation by the…

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Unions Look to Capitalize on Momentum

At no point since Independent Joe began publishing in 2012 has there been as strong a push to unionize quick-service restaurants as there is today. In the last edition of this magazine, with the cover echoing patriot Paul Revere’s call, “The unions are coming! The unions are coming!” we saw how a nascent effort to…

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What’s Brewing: Spring Regulations, Innovations & Automation, Unions, AB5 challenge

For two years, Dunkin’ franchisees have had to operate under unprecedented regulatory conditions due to the pandemic – from mandatory store shutdowns to proof-of-vaccination orders. But could the regulatory nightmare finally be coming to an end? It sure looks like it, based on political and coronavirus-immunity trends of late. Still, there will be no shortage…

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Independent Joe #72 February/March 2022

 Since the coronavirus pandemic was first declared an emergency here in the United States, we’ve been making slow, but steady progress and we’re now starting to see the fruits of those efforts. Oh, not with regard to COVID.  I’m talking about the FTC Franchise Rule and government efforts to clamp down on abusive franchisors,…

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An Update on Unionizing

To set the backdrop, Starbucks baristas have now initiated union organizing activities in over 100 individual stores in the Starbucks network across 26 different states with the vast majority of those already having petitioned the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for union representation elections. The Mesa Arizona union initiative was set to be the next…

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CFA Webinar

As we know from the recent experience that Starbucks stores have gone through and that we’ve reported on above, efforts to unionize have been increasing at an unprecedented rate. From your local union branch to the White House, franchised businesses are being targeted for unionization across the country. In timely response, the Coalition of Franchisee…

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Pushing the Union Label

You may remember that just about ten months ago, President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order creating a Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment that was essentially charged with pushing workers into the arms of organized labor.  This week, the task force released its long-awaited report recommending how the executive branch can make it…

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Still More on the Labor Front

Last Friday, February 4, probably even before the task force report was printed, the president signed another executive order that further paves the way for unionization, this one requiring that large federally funded projects use project labor agreements — a pre-contract commitment by employers to enter into a collective bargaining agreement with at least one…

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Efforts to Unionize QSRs Growing

We are loathe to continually write about unionizing within the QSR industry, but it’s imperative that franchisees are aware and well-informed of this growing threat. As you know, Starbucks has replaced McDonald’s as the poster child for unionizing individual fast food stores and it is now looking at union representation elections in as many as…

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NLRB Targets Employer Anti-Union Activities

National Labor Relations Board NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo this week launched a new initiative targeting employers that work against union organizing efforts. In a new memorandum, released on Tuesday of this week, Abruzzo instructs regional offices of the NLRB to quickly pursue injunctions against employers opposing union organizing campaigns “where the facts demonstrate that…

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