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Starbucks yesterday announced that Laxman Narasimhan will become the next Chief Executive Officer of the company beginning next month on October 1, 2022. Narasimhan will work closely with founder and current interim CEO Howard Schultz for the next six months after which time, he will fully assume the CEO role and join the Starbucks Board…

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Starbucks-Union Battles Escalate

The ongoing unionizing battles within the Starbucks system continues to escalate on both fronts as the Workers United union has filed more complaints with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In addition, the company has advised employees in two more stores – one in Seattle and the other in Kansas City, both of which have…

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NLRB Accused of Misconduct

Speaking of organized labor, the latest news on unionizing efforts within local Starbucks’ stores has the company accusing the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Starbucks Workers United union of misconduct on the basis of allegations made by a whistleblower in the agency. Starbucks has formally claimed that agency officials interfered with elections by…

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Competitor News

Major executive changes continue at Starbucks as COO John Culver announced he will be leaving the Seattle firm effective October 3. His departure comes in the wake of CEO Kevin Johnson retiring in April, General Counsel Rachel Gonzalez leaving in May and North American President Rossann Williams leaving in June. Culver has been with Starbucks…

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NLRB Dismisses Starbucks Complaint

In a surprise to absolutely nobody on the union front, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last week rejected the unfair labor practice complaint that Starbucks had filed against the Starbuck Workers United union. The complaint, one of only two that the company has filed against the union, stems from an unsuccessful effort to unionize…

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With record sales numbers, Starbucks reported a good 3rd Quarter, beating expected revenues and earnings, primarily on the strength of US and North American sales. US same-store-sales were up plus 9 percent, with average ticket up plus 8 percent and transactions up 1 percent. Interim CEO Howard Schultz announced increased Rewards memberships (now 27.4 million…

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Giving Tax Credits for Union Dues

Continuing to kowtow to organized labor, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new FY 2023 state budget into law earlier this month that includes an opportunity to enact the Workers Tax Fairness Credit, an unprecedented income tax credit for union members who pay dues to union organizations. Although Newsom has already been praised by labor…

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QSR Union Updates

Following up on the Howard Schultz announcement a week or two ago that Starbucks would immediately be closing 16 stores – some of which have already become unionized – for safety reasons, a leaked video of interim CEO Howard Schultz on Twitter confirms that the company will be “closing many more”. And further in the…

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More QSRs Face Union Elections

It’s not just Starbucks anymore, as more employee groups within the QSR industry are petitioning the NLRB for union representation elections. What essentially began as a movement within Starbucks has now spread to a couple of stores within the Chipotle brand as well as a host of smaller chain brands across the country. We told…

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Notwithstanding that over 170 Starbucks locations have already formally voted to unionize, the company appears to be pushing back in a “watch out what you ask for, you might get it” kind of way. A major complaint of the workers in many of the stores around the Starbucks footprint have centered around safety issues and…

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