Unions Continue Push into QSRs

Increased Worker Stress Creates ‘Fertile Ground’ for Union Organizing The Unions are Coming! The Unions are Coming! Many franchise owners are hearing this Paul Revere-type refrain in their heads after learning that workers at a Starbucks store in Buffalo, N.Y. voted to form a union—making it the first of more than 8,000 corporate Starbucks locations…

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QSR Union Growing

Less than a year after employees at one unit of a QSR chain in Portland Oregon voted to unionize, a third store in the Burgerville franchise won NLRB approval in December as a separate bargaining unit. Three of the brand’s 42 stores across the Pacific Northwest are now organized as micro-unions and recognized by the…

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Throwing in the Towel?

Just a week or so ago, a Portland Oregon Burgerville became the first fast food restaurant to be unionized when its employees voted 18-4 in an NLRB sanctioned election to unionize and become members of the Portland chapter of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). Immediately thereafter, employees of another of the Vancouver, Washington-based…

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