Labor and Policy


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    Starbucks union drive reaches 30 stores in 14 states

    As voting begins in Mesa, Arizona, and at a second round of stores in Buffalo, New York, Starbucks maintains its opposition to the campaign. 

    By Jan. 21, 2022
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    Starbucks scraps vaccine, testing requirements for US employees

    The coffee chain is still encouraging workers to get inoculated and has increased precautions, including new quarantine measures.

    By Jan. 20, 2022
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    SCOTUS upholds stay on OSHA's vaccine mandate

    Some restaurant chains have already changed COVID-19 requirements for employees in anticipation of the original Feb. 9 deadline.

    By Ryan Golden , Updated Jan. 13, 2022
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    Second Starbucks store wins union election after NLRB sustains ballot challenges

    The union victory at the Genesee Street store in Cheektowaga, New York, adds momentum to a campaign that has spread to 17 stores in 10 states, but the coffee chain may appeal the decision.

    By Updated Jan. 11, 2022
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    Checkers & Rally's to deploy AI tech at corporate-owned drive-thrus

    The chain's rollout of Presto's artificial intelligence-based voice assistant will mark one of the widest deployments of such a solution by a QSR.

    By Jan. 10, 2022
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    New York Gov. Hochul wants to make to-go drinks permanently legal

    The process to pass the law could take months, but could be a critical lifeline for revenue-starved bars and restaurants.

    By Jan. 6, 2022
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    Texas law bars delivery apps from adding restaurants without their consent

    The legislation, which took effect Jan. 1, will enable restaurants to file suit if listed by third-party delivery aggregators without a written agreement.

    By Jan. 5, 2022
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    7 restaurant trends that will define 2022

    Restaurants will trim their menus, phase out cumbersome curbside pickup channels and invest in automation as operators balance labor pressure with off-premise demand, analysts say. 

    By , , Jan. 4, 2022
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    Starbucks union drive spreads after win in Buffalo

    Workers in Boston; Chicago; Seattle; Knoxville, Tennessee; and Louisville, Colorado, have recently petitioned for union elections.

    By Jan. 4, 2022
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    Starbucks will require vaccination or weekly testing for employees

    The coffee chain is one of the first major restaurants to implement such a policy, which comes ahead of the Biden administration's federal vaccine mandate deadline on Feb. 9. 

    By Updated Jan. 4, 2022
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    Biglari ordered to pay $1.4M for antitrust violations

    The U.S. Department of Justice, representing the Federal Trade Commission, filed a lawsuit against Biglari Holdings alleging the company violated the waiting period in an acquisition of voting securities from Cracker Barrel. 

    By Dec. 23, 2021
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    SCOTUS sets Jan. 7 hearing on vaccine mandates for employers, healthcare workers

    The news represents a course of action from the High Court that is "unheard of," one attorney wrote.

    By Ryan Golden • Dec. 23, 2021
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    Survey: Employers turn to bonuses for critical, hard-to-fill roles

    "Only 2% of organizations offer a higher referral bonus for candidates from under-represented groups," according to WorldatWork, but more are considering the practice.

    By Carla Bell • Dec. 21, 2021
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    OSHA vaccine mandate is back on for now as appeals court dissolves stay

    In an update on its website following the court's decision, OSHA said it would resume implementing the ETS, but delay enforcement.

    By Ryan Golden • Updated Dec. 20, 2021
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    Behind the scenes of Starbucks workers' first successful union drive

    A Buffalo Starbucks store secured a majority union vote on Dec. 9 after two years of organizing. But union experts don't think the win will be "a wildfire sweeping the American labor market."

    By Dec. 16, 2021
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    Carrabba's will pay $690K to settle EEOC sex harassment suit

    The restaurant also will implement new policies, procedures and trainings aimed at preventing workplace misconduct.

    By Katie Clarey • Dec. 16, 2021
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    Feds to revisit overtime, joint employment rules

    Two labor agencies plan to propose updates early next year, according to a government-wide to-do list.

    By Kate Tornone • Dec. 15, 2021
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    Companies plan 3.9% wage boost in 2022, highest rate since 2008

    A surge in consumer prices this year may have already created a wage-price spiral causing still higher inflation.

    By Jim Tyson • Dec. 15, 2021
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    Taco Bell to raise average minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024

    The chain's wage boost will only impact employees at corporate-owned stores, and these workers will also receive complimentary therapy. 

    By Dec. 14, 2021
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    Grubhub sues NYC over restaurant data-sharing law

    The delivery firm alleges the city's requirements for delivery companies to share data with restaurants are unconstitutional and present a security risk.

    By Dec. 13, 2021
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    Starbucks Workers United confident of impending victory at 2nd store

    The union believes the final count at a store in Cheektowaga, New York, will be in its favor, claiming six ballots were cast by ineligible voters. The union leads 15-9, with seven total challenges. 

    By Dec. 10, 2021
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    IRC: 86% of restaurants may close without an RRF refill

    A new survey from the Independent Restaurant Coalition reports a 4% jump since September in the number of operators who think they won't be able to keep their kitchens open.

    By Dec. 10, 2021
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    Starbucks workers vote to form union at 1 out of 3 NY stores

    At a Buffalo location, the union organizing committee secured a 19 to 8 majority vote in favor of unionization. The Hamburg store voted against unionization, and no definitive results are available yet for its Cheektowaga unit.

    By Dec. 9, 2021
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    Report: 54% of Topgolf employees report being sexually harassed

    The percentage jumps to 63% for women and nonbinary employees and 100% of Black, Indigenous and/or Latinx/Hispanic women under 50 years old, a One Fair Wage survey finds. 

    By Dec. 8, 2021
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    Small businesses raise wages at record pace

    As inflation rises and "help wanted" signs go unanswered, restaurants are raising wages at the fastest rate in many years.

    By Jim Tyson • Dec. 8, 2021