More NLRB Changes

The changes just keep coming at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and not in a good way for many employers. By a 3-2 vote on Tuesday of this week, the Board broadened its make-whole remedy for unfair labor practices by including a requirement that employers must compensate victimized workers for “all direct or foreseeable…

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On Second Thought . . .

There’s an old adage that cautions “Watch out what you wish for, you might just get it!” It seems that might be the case with baristas at a Starbucks store in Nichols Hills, OK. Those employees petitioned for a union representation election five months ago and after some challenges back and forth, the NLRB finally…

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Unionization Spreads to Chipotle

In the first union representation election held within the Chipotle system, employees in a Lansing Michigan store agreed to unionize by an 11-3 vote through the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The Lansing effort was the first to go completely through to a formal vote, but not the first store to request a union election…

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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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2022 Union Petitions Dwarf Last Year

It probably isn’t a surprise to anyone, with the Biden administration strongly pushing unionization, but the total number of union representation petitions filed in the first three quarters of this fiscal year already dwarfs the total for all of FY21. The National Labor Relations board (NLRB) this week issued a press release reporting that 1,935…

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House Funding Online Union Elections

If the US House Appropriations Committee gets its way on pending funding legislation, the National Labor Relations Board will be in position to create a system whereby union representation elections would be held electronically. Last week, the Appropriations Committee formally approved FY23 funding legislation that includes funding for virtual elections thereby opening the door further…

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NLRB Releases Rulemaking Agenda

There is more trouble coming down the pike from the NLRB in the form of revisions to a couple of regulations from the agency. As we’ve seen in the past, General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo has been aggressive in pushing to overturn past decisions by the NLRB that upheld the position of business interests. Now, with…

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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 Redefining Union Election Loss

In an egregious display of pro-union bias, the National Labor Relations Board is seeking to force Starbucks to bargain at a stored that rejected organizing under the union! Back in December of last year when the unionizing effort began, employees at the Starbucks store in Hamburg outside of Buffalo voted 12-8 against unionizing the store…

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