What’s Brewing: SEIU, Joint Employer, Healthcare, Fair Franchising

There’s trouble brewing out there for Dunkin’ and other quick service franchise owners as we head deeper into 2015. Labor unions are leading the pack of politicians, activists and regulators taking aim at your businesses. Beyond the expensive new rules and mandates that raise your costs of doing business, unions are aggressively looking for opportunities…

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Fight for $15 Protests . . . Again

SEIU-financed “worker protests” pushing for a minimum wage of $15/hour were held again across the country this week with organizers claiming the largest low-wage worker protest in history.  That may be quite the qualifier, but notwithstanding, Fight for $15 claims that as many as 60,000 people were involved in the latest round of protests, with…

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Obama Vetoes “Ambush Election” Fix

As had been expected, earlier this week, President Obama vetoed a bill sent him by Congress invoking the Congressional Review Act, whereby Congress expressed its disapproval of the “ambush election rules” from the National Labor Relations Board and through which it sought to rescind them.  The bill passed both branches with less than the 2/3…

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SEIU Sleight of Hand In Poll Results

Although it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to anyone, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) recently released a poll they commissioned through their National Council for Occupational Safety and Health that purported to show that some 79% of fast food kitchen workers had been burned on the job!  Certainly headline-grabbing to this point, but…

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More Wage Protests

Advocates for a $15/hour minimum wage for fast-food workers (a.k.a. SEIU and other labor organizations) had scheduled more protests to take place yesterday in cities around the country.  How successful or effective they may or may not have been remains to be seen, but we certainly took note of an item this week that speaks…

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California Back in the News As LA Votes to Hike Hotel Minimum Wage

The Los Angeles City Council this past week, on a 12 – 3 vote, took steps to dramatically increase the minimum wage to $15.37 per hour by 2017 for hotel workers in the City of Angels!  The specific proposal came about after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti proposed gradually increasing the minimum wage for all…

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Representing Her Constituents?

As you all know too well, last week was the latest SEIU and affiliate-planned worker protests seeking a mandated $15/hour minimum wage and the first undertaking on the foundation of civil disobedience.  In the aggregate, dozens of protesters and SEIU agitators were arrested in a number of cities across the country.  What you might have…

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