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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Court Reaffirms Employer Speech

Whether the NLRB wants to admit it or not, employers do indeed have a right to speak on the question of whether or not their employees should unionize. In fact, the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, based in Philadelphia, last week rejected a request by the NLRB for an enforcement order…

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Economic Trends

The Employment Policies Institute (EPI) recently released a new report revealing that a majority of economists across the country are against raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. The report surveyed some 160 economists with a full 75 percent believing that the change would have a negative effect on youth employment levels while…

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DC Room Block Expires Tonight

For those of you planning to attend the CFA Lobby Day next month in Washington DC, be advised that the room block at the Yotel Washington DC is valid only through today. So, if you haven’t yet made your hotel reservations, you can still reserve your room right on Capitol Hill at the discounted rate…

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DOL #2 Promises Crackdown

Julie Su, the Deputy Secretary of Labor and the #2 bureaucrat in the United States Department of Labor (DOL), lent the prestige of her office to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Fight for $15 recently when the groups released a report on wage theft in the California restaurant industry. To no-one’s surprise, Skimmed…

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Inflation Drives Up Minimum Wage

As many states updated and increased their minimum wages over the past several years, a goodly number of them chose to tether future increases to the Consumer Price Index. California was one of those states with state law providing that should inflation increase by more than 7% over the prior fiscal year, then all employers…

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CFA Lobby Day Makes a Difference

If the CFA Lobby Day had already been held, would the Senate have killed the RRF (reported above) or would all those franchisees explaining the challenges they face in their business have made a difference?? It might be too late for the RRF, but there are many other issues that you can influence at the…

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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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International Labor Relations Board?

As the federal agency charged with being the fair and impartial arbiter of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) within the United States, the NLRB is expanding enforcement of employee rights as articulated by the NLRA beyond the national boundaries. Toward that end, NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo this week announced that her office had…

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