White House Puts Thumb on The Scale

With the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) seemingly pulling out all the stops to punish business and ‘win’ unionization at every turn, the President added the prestige of the White House to that effort with a pro-union meeting at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. President Biden made it clear during his campaign that he would be the…

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Union Election Results

The drumbeat of union representation elections continued loud and clear over the past few weeks, notably within the Starbucks chain and within Amazon warehouses. Speaking to Starbucks’ ongoing unionizing issues, the Starbucks Workers United (SBU) caught a big fish last week when the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in New York City officially voted to unionize by…

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Workers Vote Starbucks Union #8

Workers at yet another Mesa Arizona Starbucks coffee shop have voted to unionize under the flag of the Starbucks Workers United banner, an affiliate of Service Employees International Union (SEIU). By a vote of 11-3 with one ballot challenged, workers won their eighth union representation vote out of nine tries nationwide. And speaking of unionizing…

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Starbucks Unions Now Number 7

A Starbucks store in the company hometown of Seattle became the seventh and latest store to formally vote for union representation, joining 5 other stores in the Buffalo New York market and one outlet in Mesa Arizona. The vote at the Seattle location was unanimous with 9 voting in the affirmative and one vote challenged…

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Starbucks Union and Issues Growing

One would have thought Starbucks had a full plate of issues with 6 stores newly unionized and another 120+ awaiting NLRB approval and scheduling of union representation elections, but there’s more the company is dealing with now. This week at the company’s annual meeting, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson announced that he was retiring – on…

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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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Mesa Starbucks Votes to Unionize

With now well over 100 company-owned Starbucks locations seeking union representation elections under the administrative eye of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), each new location where unionizing efforts are successful presents additional potential challenges for the QSR industry at large and franchising in particular. The latest Starbucks location to formally endorse representation by the…

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An Update on Unionizing

To set the backdrop, Starbucks baristas have now initiated union organizing activities in over 100 individual stores in the Starbucks network across 26 different states with the vast majority of those already having petitioned the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for union representation elections. The Mesa Arizona union initiative was set to be the next…

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CFA Webinar

As we know from the recent experience that Starbucks stores have gone through and that we’ve reported on above, efforts to unionize have been increasing at an unprecedented rate. From your local union branch to the White House, franchised businesses are being targeted for unionization across the country. In timely response, the Coalition of Franchisee…

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Pushing the Union Label

You may remember that just about ten months ago, President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order creating a Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment that was essentially charged with pushing workers into the arms of organized labor.  This week, the task force released its long-awaited report recommending how the executive branch can make it…

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