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This weekly podcast comes from Align Public Strategies, a full-service public affairs and creative firm that helps corporate brands, governments and nonprofits navigate the outside world and inform their internal decision-making. #WorkingLunch #Align

The Working Lunch Align Public Strategies

    • Business
    • 4.5 • 26 Ratings

This weekly podcast comes from Align Public Strategies, a full-service public affairs and creative firm that helps corporate brands, governments and nonprofits navigate the outside world and inform their internal decision-making. #WorkingLunch #Align

    Episode 331: Prison Labor Issue Part of Larger Southern Strategy To Organize Industry

    Episode 331: Prison Labor Issue Part of Larger Southern Strategy To Organize Industry

    With a new union focused on organizing QSR’s in the South, and pro-union think tanks disparaging the “Southern Economic Model”, the escalation of the southern prison labor issue is not happening in a vacuum. How should the industry view what is happening down South and more importantly, how to prepare for it.
    And the landmark Cemex decision has barreled headfirst into the restaurant industry with a New York landmark restaurant facing the possibility of being the first in the industry ordered to recognize a union without an election. We will dive into that.
    We’ll talk about those issues and wrap it up with the legislative scorecard.

    • 46 min
    Episode 330: How Did The Industry End Up In The Middle Of It All?

    Episode 330: How Did The Industry End Up In The Middle Of It All?

    Minneapolis has successfully engineered a labor standards board for nursing home workers that will set benefit and wage levels for that sector. So far advocates have considered it a big success building momentum for the concept. Any guesses as to which industry is next on their agenda? You guessed it. We’ll discuss what’s coming down the pike for the restaurant industry.
    And under the guise of “we missed the memo”, how, when and why did the restaurant industry and its supply chain partners end up in the middle of most of the biggest political and policy issues of our day? We’ll try to figure that out.
    We’ll talk about those issues and wrap it up with the legislative scorecard.

    • 46 min
    Episode 329: NRA’s Sean Kennedy Joins Working Lunch to Talk All Things Washington

    Episode 329: NRA’s Sean Kennedy Joins Working Lunch to Talk All Things Washington

    We are joined by Sean Kennedy, the EVP of Public Affairs for the National Restaurant Association to reflect on last week’s summiting of Capitol Hill by hundreds of restauant operators during the Assocation’s annual Public Affairs Conference. What did Members of Congress learn from us and what did we learn from them? We’ll discuss.
    And in the wake of political blowback, are leading companies shying away from their corporate diversity and inclusion goals or are they merely just talking about them less. We’ll take a look at that.
    We’ll talk about those issues and wrap it up with the legislative scorecard.

    • 48 min
    Episode 328: Buckeye State Ballot Initiatives Could Be A Fatal Blow For Many Operators.

    Episode 328: Buckeye State Ballot Initiatives Could Be A Fatal Blow For Many Operators.

    There are some important restaurant states this year with minimum wage and tip credit elimination measures on the November ballot. Ohio is at the top of that list. We are joined by John Barker, CEO of the Ohio Restaurant & Hospitality Alliance as well as Tod Bowen, their head of External Affiars & Government Relations, to level set on their pending measure to both incease the minimum wage to $15/hr and eventually eliminate the tip credit.
    We will also review the general state of play of those wage issues across the country as many legislative sessions are close to wrapping up.
    We’ll talk about those issues and wrap it up with the legislative scorecard.

    • 42 min
    Episode 327: DoorDash Portable Benefits Pilot Could Permanently Alter Delivery-App Business Model

    Episode 327: DoorDash Portable Benefits Pilot Could Permanently Alter Delivery-App Business Model

    DoorDash is working with the state of Pennsylvania on a portable benefits pilot program that, if successful, could completely alter the dynamics of the national paid leave and benefits conversation. Is there a way for the industry to seize this opportunity and extricate itself from these reputationally-draining issues? We’ll discuss.
    And the media is having a field day in California documenting the peridicted and also unforeseen negative ramifications of the new $20/hr minimum wage for QSR workers. How can the industry best capture this energy and leverage it in similar legislative battles across the country? We’ll take a look.
    We’ll talk about those issues and wrap it up with the legislative scorecard.

    • 38 min
    Episode 326: Like Their Fees, The New Settlement Agreement With Visa & Mastercard Is Junk

    Episode 326: Like Their Fees, The New Settlement Agreement With Visa & Mastercard Is Junk

    We sit down with Doug Kantor, the general counsel of the National Association of Convenience Stores, to discuss the biggest story this week - the preliminary settlement of the class action lawsuit brought by a group of retailers almost 20 years ago accusing the credit card companies and their electronic payments systems of being an anti-competitive monopoly. We’ll discuss the merits of the settlement, whether it will be approved by the courts, and what it means for pending legislation in Congres to reign in out-of-control interchange fees.
    And California’s minimum wage for fast-food workers is rising to $20/hr next week, the highest statewide wage in the country. But the media coverage this week, somewhat unexpectedly, has been highlighting the impact to operators and the industry and reporting on closures, job losses and other negative ramifications. It’s not been quite the media week the SEIU was hoping for. We’ll dive into that.
    We’ll talk about those issues and wrap it up with the legislative scorecard.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Bobo da hunter ,

SRVP Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association

You must listen to this podcast if you are in the restaurant business. It's packed with “must-know” information about the latest laws, rules, and regulations that may be arriving at your restaurant very soon. Enjoy.

JoeCoffee148 ,

Great content for food industry

A very informative show on current topics for the restaurant/food industry discussing new and upcoming laws and how they might effect our businesses.
They strike a perfect balance on light hearted banter and the dry information of government regulations. Keep up they great work.

However, my only hope is that they work on the sound. I have to listen to show with my hand on the volume. Some speakers come in loud and clear while others are much quieter requiring me to turn up the volume to understand what they are saying.

Sammy Jankis1 ,

Friday May 7th

After 48 years and employing thousands of minimum wage workers I’ve never been so insulted as compared to listening to this haughty voice doing this podcast.
Don’t believe your lying eyes or your everyday experiences running 4 restaurants where you are constantly shorthanded, you spend thousands advertising for help, only to have applicants show up, interview (or work one shift) and then disappear to satisfy unemployment.
When I heard Neanderthal grunting, moronic, intellectually dishonest, clueless thinking I wanted to so badly to debate and share my experiences. Pretty clear your minds were made up.
Shame on you for thinking you speak to our industry.

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