DOL “Tweaks” Persuader Disclosure Form

Just about ten days ago, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) unveiled proposed changes to forms that employers are required to submit when they work with third-party consulting firms to fight unionization efforts within their business. The changes proposed by DOL appear to target a select number of businesses – those who are vulnerable to…

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National Right to Union Reintroduced

In a similar pro-union stance, democratic lawmakers in both the US House and Senate have reintroduced the National Right to Unionize Act (NRUA) in Washington DC. The NRUA takes direct aim at the right-to-work laws that have been adopted by 27 states across the country. Right to work laws protect worker freedoms by prohibiting compulsory…

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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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Federal Court Orders Workers Rehired

Late yesterday, the NLRB announced that it had prevailed in federal district court and won an injunction against Starbucks ordering the company to rehire a number of workers it had terminated and further to cease all unlawful activities. The case involved a successful union election held at a Starbucks in Memphis where the company disciplined…

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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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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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Starbucks

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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Union Push Hits Chipotle

The growing push to unionize QSRs took another step this week with employees at a Chipotle store in Augusta Maine formally filing a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for a union representation election. If the petition is approved by NLRB (a fairly safe assumption) and the employees vote to unionize, it will…

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NLRB Continues Pursuit of Starbucks

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is flexing more of its pro-union muscle against Starbucks as the government agency leveled no fewer than 33 unfair labor practice complaints against the company. The NLRB complaints, filed by the Regional Director for the Buffalo New York Region, stem from the initial unionizing efforts within Starbucks. Notwithstanding a…

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