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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Miscellaneous

Chipotle made it through the 3rd quarter, but certainly not without continuing pain from their disastrous past year or so of food safety problems.  In Q3, revenue decreased almost 15% from last year while comp restaurant sales were off by 22%.  Notwithstanding, in their earnings call this week, company executives announced plans for expanding its…

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Miscellaneous

It may have begun way back in 2011, but perseverance paid off to the tune of $550,000 for a former Chipotle employee in one of the chain’s Washington DC restaurants.  The former employee, Doris Garcia Hernandez, convinced a jury in the US District Court for the District of Columbia that her employment was indeed terminated…

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Competitor News

Chipotle Mexican Grill also held its earnings call yesterday and reported comparable sales through the first quarter were down almost a full 30% from Q1 of 2015, while revenues came in over 23% lower at $834.5 million.  The drop stems from the double health scandals the company encountered with both norovirus and E. coli outbreaks…

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Other Industry News

Continuing their efforts at a rebound under CEO Steve Easterbrook, McDonald’s recently announced a couple of new test ongoing in different markets around the footprint.  Notwithstanding concerns over obesity by many politicians, the Golden Arches have begun testing all-you-can-eat-fries along with a self-serve ordering kiosk at a St. Joseph, Missouri store.  In 2015, the company…

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Competitor News

Taco Bell is now expanding their breakfast menu with the addition of a one dollar value menu for their breakfast items.  The company announced last week that the new value menu will consist of 10 breakfast options.  At the same time, they also announced three new items will be added to their current breakfast menu…

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Competitor News

Starbucks’ recent revamping of their loyalty program continues to backfire with their “loyal” customers.  Under the former program, customers earned one star for each transaction, a free beverage after 12 stars and “gold star” status after 30 stars.  Now, under the revamped program, launching next month in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico two stars…

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