Staying Up on Starbucks Unionizing

Despite the fact a new YouGov survey shows that less than half (48%) of Americans surveyed reported a favorable view of unions, the push to unionize Starbucks continues to enjoy significant success. This week, Bloomberg news reported that the union effort now includes nearly 300 individual election petitions filed with the National Labor Relations Board…

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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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Starbucks Q2 Earnings Call

Starbucks interim CEO Howard Schultz presided over the company Q2 earnings call earlier this week at which he announced plans for a $1 Billion investment in revised 2022 OPEX/CAPEX for such items as additional employee investments, more training, replacing equipment, building new stores and planning new sales platforms. This is the largest mid-year flex-up in…

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Starbucks Union Woes Continue

With 6 more upstate New York stores and a shop in Kansa voting to unionize last week, only to be followed by 2 Boston area stores doing so UNANIMOUSLY this week, Starbucks will be pursuing a different strategy moving forward under interim CEO Howard Schultz (also the founder and twice previously President and CEO). In…

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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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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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Efforts to Unionize QSRs Growing

We are loathe to continually write about unionizing within the QSR industry, but it’s imperative that franchisees are aware and well-informed of this growing threat. As you know, Starbucks has replaced McDonald’s as the poster child for unionizing individual fast food stores and it is now looking at union representation elections in as many as…

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Starbucks Union Issue Spreading

Coming on the heels of employees in one Buffalo market Starbucks store formally voting to unionize, efforts to replicate that first successful unionizing effort in the company are spreading. Before the ink on the NLRB union ratification had even dried, employees at three other Buffalo area stores began similar organizing efforts and employees from two…

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