Two Thumbs on the Scale

As the calendar closes in on August 31 and the end of the California legislative session, the window for AB 257, the so-called FAST Act (the Fast-Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act) is slowly closing, but intensifying at the same time. Word out of the Golden State is that the bill is still likely to…

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DOL #2 Promises Crackdown

Julie Su, the Deputy Secretary of Labor and the #2 bureaucrat in the United States Department of Labor (DOL), lent the prestige of her office to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Fight for $15 recently when the groups released a report on wage theft in the California restaurant industry. To no-one’s surprise, Skimmed…

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ROC Front Targets Tipped Wage

One Fair Wage, the wholly-owned non-profit political arm of the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) that is backed (and financed?) by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is now bringing pressure on company stockholders to eliminate tip credits. Through stockholders, including the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed…

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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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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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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…

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And Still, More Minimum Wage

Speaking of unions and SEIU, their push for a $15 minimum wage across the country continues, notwithstanding the ongoing labor shortage and the electoral shellacking many progressive generally received in Tuesday’s elections. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has repeatedly called to raise the state minimum wage (currently $7.25/hour) every year since he was elected in 2014.…

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More About Third-Party Delivery

It seems as though of late reporting on some issue relating third-party delivery firms and municipalities taking action against them is becoming a weekly feature! About a month ago, we advised that New York City joined San Francisco in capping delivery fees; then the City of San Diego was mandating an itemized breakdown of fees…

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