Competitor News

We noted that McDonalds is looking to increase its bet on the breakfast daypart with their own version of Dunkin’s donut fries beginning next month. The Golden Arches plan to launch a limited time offer of donut sticks as a new item on its breakfast menu in February. The new LTO is a direct takeoff…

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Dodging the Joint Employer Bullet, Again

If the questions and skepticism of two judges for the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals are any indication, McDonalds does not meet the definition of a joint employer under California law. 9th Circuit Judges Susan Graber and Andrew Kleinfeld indicated their belief that McDonald’s relationship with its franchisees did not give it control over…

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Competitor News

Starbucks announced earlier this week that it had opened its first deaf-friendly store in the US in Washington DC. The store, located near Gallaudet University at 6th and H Streets, employs between 20 and 25 deaf or hard of hearing workers, each of whom is proficient in American Sign Language (ASL). McDonalds also reported earnings…

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Competitor News

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals officially revived a case regarding a Starbucks corporate policy that requires an employee to clock out before uploading data about employees’ hours, sales, and other information. The federal case follows a separate state Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that determined that Starbucks must pay workers for the off-the-clock…

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Not Quite Lovin’ It

That slogan may now apply to McDonald’s and Jack In The Box franchisees in equal measure. McDonald’s franchise owners, who do not yet enjoy the strength, solidarity and representation of an independent franchisee association, are now taking a much closer look at the wisdom of joining together as one! Franchisees in the system of the…

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McDonald’s VS. SEIU

Speaking of the joint employer rule and NLRB, the heavyweight battle between the Golden Arches and Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the money and force behind the Fight for $15 and other worker advocacy initiatives, is just getting bigger and broader. McDonalds Corporation last week retained management-side law firm giants Littler Mendelson and Morgan Lewis…

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Miscellaneous

Starbucks has finalized its deal with Nestlé where the latter wins the perpetual rights to market Starbucks packaged coffee and tea brands including Starbucks, Seattle’s Best, TeavanaTM/MC, Starbucks VIA Instant, Torrefazione Italia coffee and Starbucks-branded K-cups. Last week, McDonalds announced a new global job training initiative to prepare youth for entering the job market and…

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Competitor News

The rough run that Tim Horton franchisees have been experiencing (with lawsuits against the brand and such) didn’t abate at all this week as Hortons announced it had reached agreement with a franchisee to close 4 stores in Cincinnati. The Canadian coffee & donut chain also closed a store in Indianapolis recently and dropped plans…

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Competitor News

We know that Starbucks closed all their US stores this past Tuesday in order to host a 4 hour racial sensibility training program in the wake of the two men being arrested in Philadelphia for not making a purchase. As a result of that incident, Starbucks will now allow anyone to use their restrooms, whether…

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Competitor News

McDonalds CFO presented at the Bank of America Consumer Conference this week and gave much interesting information. Breakfast is their weaker daypart in terms of sales growth currently, down slightly, while lunch and dinner were up. Delivery is proving to be incremental sales and profit dollars thus far, despite commissions paid. Profitable delivery was associated…

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