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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More QSRs Face Union Elections

It’s not just Starbucks anymore, as more employee groups within the QSR industry are petitioning the NLRB for union representation elections. What essentially began as a movement within Starbucks has now spread to a couple of stores within the Chipotle brand as well as a host of smaller chain brands across the country. We told…

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Union Push Hits Chipotle

The growing push to unionize QSRs took another step this week with employees at a Chipotle store in Augusta Maine formally filing a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for a union representation election. If the petition is approved by NLRB (a fairly safe assumption) and the employees vote to unionize, it will…

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McD’s Raises Pay, Braces for Strike

SEIU-backed Fight for $15 is again organizing a strike amongst QSR workers – mostly McDonald’s employees – in 15 selected cities around the country for next Wednesday, timed to coincide with the company’s annual shareholder meeting. Again, SEIU is seeking to generate sufficient pressure on the Golden Arches to get the company to pay a…

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Fair Workweek Survives Appeal

A New York state appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that validated the New York City Fair Workweek Law (FWWL).  The law, which was first enacted back in 2017, requires fast food employers to provide workers with 14 days advance notice of their work schedules, mandates “premium pay” for those instances when changes…

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Competitor News

McDonalds Corp announced last week that it had suspended its all-day breakfast menu until further notice.  The all-day McDonald’s breakfast menu launched nationwide back in October, 2015. Chipotle announced that it was giving 10% raises to its hourly workers through April 12, after which apparently those same workers will see a 10% reduction in their…

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Fight for $15 Targets Unionizing Chipotle

It would appear that the SEIU’s Fight for $15 campaign, which has long targeted unionizing McDonald’s restaurants, may now be targeting their organizing efforts at Chipotle employees. Last week, the union brought its campaign to Washington, DC, where they were handing out flyers outside of Chipotle locations in the Nation’s Capital. The fliers sought to…

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Union Targeting Fast Food Industry

Despite the major defeat it recently suffered over the joint employer battle detailed above, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and its allies on the presidential campaign trail will not just tuck their tales and go away. To the contrary, having enjoyed much success across the nation with their Fight for $15 campaigns, SEIU is…

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Idle Hands

With his presidential campaign over, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is now back in the city full time – and it’s starting to show. What’s good for America, may not be great for New Yorkers with the Mayor back at Gracie Mansion full time. Last week, his administration brought action against Chipotle with…

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Miscellaneous

At the UBS Global Consumer & Retail Conference yesterday, the Starbucks CFO noted it would continue with its diverse coffeehouse and CPG strategy, planning for 5% comps growth from more food attachment, tea and new product innovation. He also mentioned that they did not see any effect from QSR, C stores and possibly Dunkin’ at all when…

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