QSR Union Growing

Less than a year after employees at one unit of a QSR chain in Portland Oregon voted to unionize, a third store in the Burgerville franchise won NLRB approval in December as a separate bargaining unit. Three of the brand’s 42 stores across the Pacific Northwest are now organized as micro-unions and recognized by the…

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Miscellaneous

We noted that the Small Business Administration in conjunction with the SCORE Association will be hosting a virtual conference to celebrate small business week on May 1 through May 3. The array of webinars available, all of which are free and open to the public, can be accessed here. And finally, the monthly Miller Pulse…

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Restaurant Sales & Profit

Miller Pulse released their February restaurant sales and profit tracking report earlier this week. According to the report, QSR segment same store sales rose .6% in February versus one year earlier, with average ticket up 2.8% and traffic down 2.2%. The two year trend was weaker in February than January, which signaled a more difficult…

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A Tale of Two Wage Studies

There continues to be much debate around the country about the wisdom of increasing minimum wages and how big an increase can be before it becomes detrimental to the local economy and the very workers the increase is supposed to help. Well, two recent studies of the impact on Seattle employees of the Seattle minimum…

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Miscellaneous

Starbucks announced this week that it will begin offering health insurance coverage for the parents of its China employees who’ve been with the company for a minimum of two years. The new benefit limits coverage to parents less than 75 years old and comes as the company looks to double the number of stores in…

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Miscellaneous

The latest Miller Pulse Index was released this week and showed that same store sales for the broad restaurant industry had fallen 2.4 percent in December, the worst performance in the six years since the index began.  Casual dining was the biggest culprit, dropping 4.0% in same store sales for the month, while the QSR…

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IFA Files Amicus in NY Fast Food Challenge

The International Franchise Association (IFA) on Monday filed an amicus brief in conjunction with the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) supporting a lawsuit challenging the NY fast-food minimum wage.  The National Restaurant Association (NRA) originally challenged the discriminatory ‘fast-food-only minimum wage increase’ when it was first mandated by the NY Fast Food Wage Board,…

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Miscellaneous

According to the monthly MillerPulse report, QSR same store sales (including some DD units in the mix) were at their weakest point for the entire year in November.  The trend weakened versus October 2015 as well as the two year comp (combined two year November 2014 and November 2015 value), which often gives a more…

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Cuomo Accuses Business of Stealing

Incredibly, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo accused businesses of stealing from the taxpayers because the state provides financial assistance to residents earning below certain levels of income.  On a “push the legislature for $15/hour wage” tour, the Governor said that “Business is stealing from the taxpayers of this state” because workers making less than $15/hour…

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