Miscellaneous

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is continuing its attacks on McDonald’s with its latest call for an investigation of the rents that the Golden Arches are charging their franchisees and the impact those rents may have on McDonalds workers in franchised locations. The union behind the “Fight for $15” effort has formally requested that the…

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Competitor News

McDonald’s announced Q1 financials on Tuesday of this week, and its focus on all day breakfast, $1 coffee /$2 espresso drinks and the Big Mac promotion are acknowledged to have gained market share. Their Same Store Sales were up 1.7% as it continues to work its McCafé platform with new advertising and baked goods coming…

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NLRB Unionizing And Other Issues Continue

Although the National Labor Relations Board is structured as an independent arbiter of labor issues, the agency’s apparent campaign to unionize as much of the US economy as possible continues unabated. Specifically, the recent NLRB recognition of graduate students as employees at universities across the country continues, most recently at Penn State, American University, Brown,…

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Miscellaneous

Notwithstanding whether Congress repeals Obamacare or doesn’t, next Friday, March 31 is the last date to electronically file (e-file) Forms 1094-c and 1095-C with the IRS. Other deadlines had been changed, but March 31 is still the final deadline for electronic filing. McDonald’s may be reluctantly cutting some new ground with a Board seat for…

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NLRB Plows Ahead

Getting Acosta confirmed and in place is critical, as NLRB just keeps making headlines and its issues remain in the forefront. This week, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a ruling by an NLRB administrative judge that an employer prematurely withdrew recognition of their union but also overturned the prescribed NLRB remedy. Employees of…

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Competitor News

Not a surprise, but the latest news reports that Popeyes CEO Cheryl Bachelder will step down from her post once the Atlanta-based chain is acquired by Burger King and Tim Horton parent company Restaurant Brands International. Elsewhere in the QSR space, McDonalds held its Investor Day Wednesday and was unusually candid in its outlook and…

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Miscellaneous

One of the bigger news items this week was the $1.8 Billion acquisition of Popeyes by Tim Horton’s and Burger King parent, Restaurant Brands International. That announcement was followed shortly thereafter by another confirming that the acquisition was being investigated for possible breaches of fiduciary duty! Notwithstanding, both of those items have received plenty of…

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Court Denies Class Certification v. McDonalds

A federal judge this week in the US District Court for the Northern District of California denied class certification for a group of employees at a number of San Francisco McDonald’s restaurants.  The plaintiffs’, who had already settled their claims with the franchise owner back in May of 2016, had brought suit alleging that McDonalds…

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Miscellaneous

It appears Starbucks has shut off beer and wine sales in 400 of their stores around the country, apparently ending their two-year experiment with drawing more customers to their shops for evening beverages. The company now plans to focus more of that effort on building the day part base and expanding their new premium Roasteries…

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Miscellaneous

Starbucks was making a lot of news for different reasons this week.  They held their investor day earlier this week and reported that new stores, products and connection worldwide continue to expand.  Further, they report that same store sales are up in the mid-single digit zone (4-6%) and that 50% of the drink mix was…

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