Starbucks

With record sales numbers, Starbucks reported a good 3rd Quarter, beating expected revenues and earnings, primarily on the strength of US and North American sales. US same-store-sales were up plus 9 percent, with average ticket up plus 8 percent and transactions up 1 percent. Interim CEO Howard Schultz announced increased Rewards memberships (now 27.4 million…

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NLRB Signs Up Another Partner

Viewing employers as a potential (or maybe even, likely) enemy, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is continuing to sign Memoranda of Understanding MOU with different federal agencies.  The latest agreement was signed this week by NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo and Jonathan Kanter, assistant attorney general and head of the antitrust division of the…

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New York Launching Wage Theft Portal

In a similar vein, New York has been stepping up efforts to seek felony convictions of businesses accused of wage theft in the Empire State. Governor Kathy Hochul and Attorney General Letitia James last week announced that the state Wage Theft Task Force had secured charges against a dozen businesses – including some restaurants – and…

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18th State Enacts CROWN Act

The Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural hair or CROWN Act continues to win favor with state legislatures across the country and Massachusetts became the latest this week as Governor Charlie Baker signed H.4554 into law on Tuesday. The legislation, which has now been adopted in 18 states around the country, was first…

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Giving Tax Credits for Union Dues

Continuing to kowtow to organized labor, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new FY 2023 state budget into law earlier this month that includes an opportunity to enact the Workers Tax Fairness Credit, an unprecedented income tax credit for union members who pay dues to union organizations. Although Newsom has already been praised by labor…

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NLRB Partners with FTC

Earlier this week, General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two federal agencies pledging cooperation to promote fair competition and advance workers’ rights. Signed by NLRB GC Jennifer Abruzzo and FTC Chair Lina Kahn, the MOU…

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Court Resets Minimum Wage

A Michigan Court of Claims judge ruled this week that lawmakers violated the Michigan state constitution back in 2018 when they passed a pending ballot petition and then amended it to a format more to their liking. A provision in the state constitution, known as the adopt and amend provision seemingly allows the legislature to…

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DC Tip Credit Again Headed to Ballot

It seems to be the issue that just won’t go away, but the District of Columbia Superior Court has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the validity of signatures gathered to certify Initiative 82 for the November ballot. The suit was filed by a local bartender who wants to continue to collect tips rather than be paid…

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QSR Union Updates

Following up on the Howard Schultz announcement a week or two ago that Starbucks would immediately be closing 16 stores – some of which have already become unionized – for safety reasons, a leaked video of interim CEO Howard Schultz on Twitter confirms that the company will be “closing many more”. And further in the…

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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…

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