Labor and Policy: Page 2


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    Starbucks unionization efforts

    Starbucks union stages 3-day strike at 60 stores

    Starbucks Workers United’s planned walkouts, in protest of union store closures, would be the campaign’s longest national action.

    By Dec. 16, 2022
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    ChowNow lays off 10% of staff

    Just months after ChowNow laid off nearly 100 employees, it announced a second round of cuts, citing a leveling off of delivery demand. 

    By Dec. 15, 2022
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    Workforce Challenges

    The recovering restaurant labor market is still unstable, marked by growing worker demand and a small talent pool, pressuring businesses to adapt their staffing strategies. 

    By Restaurant Dive staff
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    Restaurant Revitalization Fund

    Senators introduce tax credit bill for restaurants left out of RRF

    The bill would provide payroll tax relief of up to $25,000 for eligible restaurants that applied for but didn’t receive Restaurant Revitalization Fund money. 

    By Dec. 9, 2022
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    Uber, Chicago agree to $10M settlement in commission fee and advertising investigation

    Uber Eats will compensate restaurants listed on its website without consent, as well as restaurants charged commissions exceeding the 15% emergency cap.

    By Dec. 6, 2022
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    McDonald’s franchisee pays $57K to resolve child labor violations

    Throughout 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor has signaled a regulatory focus on child labor provisions under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

    By Ryan Golden • Dec. 6, 2022
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    FAST Act to face ballot challenge, NRA says

    Opponents of California’s fast food labor council law said they have raised enough signatures to trigger a statewide referendum that would appear on the 2024 General Election.

    By Dec. 5, 2022
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    Mod Pizza extends benefits to include tuition-free degrees

    Over 10,000 workers can access bachelor’s degree programs, professional certificates and English language learning through a partnership with Guild. 

    By Dec. 1, 2022
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    DoorDash lays off 1,250 employees

    Early in the pandemic, the company hired fast to keep up with growth and wasn't as disciplined about curbing operating expenses, said CEO Tony Xu.

    By Nov. 30, 2022
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    2 Peet’s Coffee locations file for union elections

    Inspired by Starbucks’ union drive, Peet’s workers in Davis, California, are petitioning the National Labor Relations Board for an election with Workers United.

    By Nov. 29, 2022
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    Restaurant Revitalization Fund

    SBA to disburse $83M in last of unallocated RRF funds

    The Small Business Administration's earlier projection of $180 million of unspent funds was inaccurate, according to a report.

    By Nov. 23, 2022
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    Papa Johns taps chief people and diversity officer

    Elias Reyna, who served under former Chief People Officer Marvin Boakye, is returning to the pizza chain after a brief stint with ABM Industries.

    By Nov. 22, 2022
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    Labor federation asks SEC to examine Starbucks’ gift card breakage rate

    Starbucks counts a certain percentage of unused gift card dollars as revenue, but the Strategic Organizing Center is seeking to force the company to disclose more about its calculations of “breakage” revenue.

    By Nov. 18, 2022
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    Krispy Kreme agrees to $1.1M settlement in DOL wage violation probe

    The doughnut chain admitted no wrongdoing after an investigation alleged widespread and systematic underpayment of workers for overtime. 

    By Nov. 18, 2022
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    Starbucks unionization efforts

    Over 110 unionized Starbucks stores strike on Red Cup day

    In the union’s largest one-day strike to date, thousands of workers walked out on Thursday, coinciding with the company’s yearly reusable holiday cup debut.

    By Nov. 17, 2022
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    NYC proposes $23.82 hourly delivery worker wage by 2025

    A proposed app-based delivery worker wage would initially rise to $17.87 in January from a reported hourly average of $7.09, excluding tips.

    By Nov. 17, 2022
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    DoorDash enhances driver safety

    A year after introducing its SafeDash program, DoorDash has added five additional functions, including real-time safety alerts and check-ins.

    By Nov. 14, 2022
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    Study: 63% of small restaurants wanted Republicans to control Congress

    Most small businesses are concerned with rising interest rates and feel the GOP would've been better equipped to manage macroeconomic challenges.

    By Nov. 14, 2022
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    5 store-level changes driving the Starbucks union

    The union’s proposals often focus on specific changes to systems workers interact with all day, every day, including equipment and mobile ordering.

    By Nov. 10, 2022
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    DC voters eliminate tipped minimum wage

    The passage of Initiative 82 will phase out the District's tip credit beginning next year, with wages increasing from $5.35 to $16.10 by 2027.

    By Nov. 9, 2022
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    Deep Dive // Starbucks unionization efforts

    Union proposals at odds with Starbucks’ contract goals

    The union’s demand for a seat at the decision table would restrict Starbucks' power, experts say, so the company may use its deep pockets to drag out the bargaining process and protect its interests.

    By Nov. 9, 2022
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    Deep Dive // Starbucks unionization efforts

    The Starbucks union’s contract fight is a race against time

    Organizers face slowing new election rates, accusations of bad-faith bargaining and an impending loss of decertification protection.

    By Nov. 8, 2022
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    Lawmakers ask SBA for disbursement plan for $180M RRF leftovers

    Members of Congress say it’s “inexcusable” the Small Business Administration hasn’t distributed unallocated Restaurant Revitalization Fund money.

    By Nov. 4, 2022
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    How bad is restaurant inflation? Here’s what the data shows.

    As rising wages and operating costs push chains to increase menu prices, consumers are trading down and seeking more value-focused dining options.

    By Nov. 3, 2022
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    Starbucks unionization efforts

    Starbucks inside NYC Amazon Go files for union election

    Recent election filings indicate the campaign is regaining organizing momentum, which slowed this summer, union sources told Restaurant Dive.

    By Oct. 28, 2022
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    Report: NYC restaurants with outdoor dining recovered sales faster

    Areas participating in New York City’s Open Streets program saw 19% higher taxable sales than pre-pandemic levels from March 1, 2020 to Aug. 31, 2021.

    By Oct. 26, 2022