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…

Read More »

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…

Read More »

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…

Read More »

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…

Read More »

Starbucks Union Election Scheduled

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rejected a proposal by Starbucks to have a proposed union representation election cover all of its 20 stores in the Buffalo market and instead ordered a representation election for just three stores. The NLRB ruling provides that the election will be held via mail-in ballots between November 10 and…

Read More »

Starbucks Closes Union-Active Stores

Starbucks has temporarily closed two of the five stores in the Buffalo market where baristas have been agitating to unionize the company workforce. As we told you in past issues, workers in (originally three) now five stores in the upstate New York city have petitioned the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to authorize and schedule…

Read More »

Coffee Chain Agrees to Union

Speaking of unionizing efforts, it was disappointing, to say the least, to read that the small Cambridge-based coffee chain, Darwins had voluntarily agreed to recognize its employees as unionized without going through a formal NLRB election process. Instead, the 4-unit chain will collectively bargain with Darwins United, which has established itself as an affiliate of…

Read More »

In The Crosshairs!

With the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) officially rescinding the joint employer standard developed during the Trump administration – a new standard becomes effective next Tuesday, September 28, 2021 – one would think the issue was off the radar. That is not the case however, as the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) filed suit in…

Read More »

A New Majority at NLRB

With the August 27, 2021 expiration of the term of former National Labor Relations Board member William Emmanuel, the NLRB now has a democratic majority again for the first time since 2017. The composition of the Board is driven by the party that occupies the White House at any given time in that Board members…

Read More »

Workers Unionizing Starbucks Buffalo

Starbucks is facing another unionizing effort amongst its barista “partners” again, this time in Buffalo, New York. You’ll recall that we reported just a few weeks ago that two employees fired from a Philadelphia Starbucks for unionizing activities (protected under the National Labor Relations Act) had prevailed in a legal challenge before an NLRB Administrative…

Read More »