NLRB Certifies 2nd Starbucks Union

We may collectively be looking past the current unionizing troubles befalling Starbucks, but franchisees who do, do so at their own peril! Last week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) certified union representation for the second Starbucks store in the Buffalo market. The union effort that ended on December 8 was originally reported to have…

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NLRB & DOL Team Up on Enforcement

Late last week, the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that the two agencies had partnered with each other for purposes of enhancing their enforcement capabilities. In order to facilitate more cooperation – and “improve the enforcement process of the laws they administer and reaffirm[s]…

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Keeping an Eye On NLRB

Just a couple of weeks ago, we told you that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) had extended the deadline for filing amici and/or public comments briefs in anticipation of reconsidering and reversing the “make whole” standard it applied to cases involving alleged non-payment of wages decisions. Well, this week the Board announced it was…

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Happening Fast on the Union Front

With a handful of QSR chains – Starbucks in Buffalo New York included – now being unionized, and against the backdrop of the very pro-union Biden administration, it behooves us to keep a watchful eye on unionizing issues in general.  Toward that end, the NLRB last week announced a settlement with Amazon in the wake…

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Amending “Make Whole” Remedy?

Speaking of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), it would appear that current agency leadership would like to see new penalties applied when unfair labor practices have been confirmed. The NLRB Board decided in November that an employer was guilty of unfair labor practices in terminating 6 employees for not negotiating the terminations with the…

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Union Win, Loss & Dispute in Buffalo

One of the three Starbucks stores voting in an NLRB union representation election in the Buffalo market voted to accept representation by the Starbuck Worker United, while another rejected the union and a third was in dispute as of last night. According to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which tabulated the votes yesterday, employees…

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NLRB Flexes Union Muscle

Change can certainly happen quickly and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is a prime example. Under President Biden, who famously promised unions during the campaign that he’d be the best friend organized labor ever had in the Oval Office, there seems a significant push to broaden union organizing efforts and punish businesses that seek…

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Google Must Show Anti-Union Strategy

Elsewhere, social media giant Google was ordered by another NLRB Judge to turn over some 80 documents relating internal communications and strategies the company has employed to facilitate anti-unionizing sentiment within the company’s workforce. The NLRB filed the initial complaint against the tech giant a year ago after it had fired several employees for violating…

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Unionizing QSR Effort Spreading

For the past few months, we’ve kept an eye on the efforts of some Starbucks employees to unionize stores in the Buffalo New York market and we await the final results of that ongoing election – the voting closes on December 8 and NLRB begins the vote counting on December 9. At the same time…

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Starbucks Bringing in the Heavy Guns

Speaking a bit about unionizing and union issues, the battle between Starbucks and workers in some of its stores in Buffalo New York is heating up. As we told you last week, the NLRB rejected the company’s proposal that all 20 of its Buffalo stores be allowed to vote on unionizing and instead limited it…

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