Union Wins in Three More Starbucks

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced this week that three more Starbucks stores in the Buffalo New York market have voted to affiliate with the Starbucks Workers United, a local affiliate of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Two of the stores supported the union representation vote by tallies of 15 – 12, while…

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Unions Look to Capitalize on Momentum

At no point since Independent Joe began publishing in 2012 has there been as strong a push to unionize quick-service restaurants as there is today. In the last edition of this magazine, with the cover echoing patriot Paul Revere’s call, “The unions are coming! The unions are coming!” we saw how a nascent effort to…

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Efforts to Unionize QSRs Growing

We are loathe to continually write about unionizing within the QSR industry, but it’s imperative that franchisees are aware and well-informed of this growing threat. As you know, Starbucks has replaced McDonald’s as the poster child for unionizing individual fast food stores and it is now looking at union representation elections in as many as…

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NLRB Targets Employer Anti-Union Activities

National Labor Relations Board NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo this week launched a new initiative targeting employers that work against union organizing efforts. In a new memorandum, released on Tuesday of this week, Abruzzo instructs regional offices of the NLRB to quickly pursue injunctions against employers opposing union organizing campaigns “where the facts demonstrate that…

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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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