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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

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    • 4.6 • 22 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 236: Are the Labor and Supply Chain Issues Scaring Off Industry Investors?

    Episode 236: Are the Labor and Supply Chain Issues Scaring Off Industry Investors?

    Labor shortages, supply chain issues and ever increasing food prices are putting unprecedented pressure on a business model that already runs on thin margins. But what impact is all this having on the attractiveness of the industry for investment - either stock prices, the private equity space, or purchasing franchises? We are joined by a regular contributor to the pod, our friend Michael Halen, the Sr. Restaurant Industry Analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence, to help us understand the impacts that these outside pressures are having on the financial health of the industry. And at a time when newsrooms across the country are eliminating staff, one area of major investment is the labor, workforce and workplace beat. We’ll discuss why major publications are escalating their reporting in this space and how it could impact the employer community.
    We’ll discuss those issues and wrap it up with the legislative scorecard.

    • 48 min
    Episode 235: SCOTUS Sidelines the Administration’s Vaccine Mandate

    Episode 235: SCOTUS Sidelines the Administration’s Vaccine Mandate

    It was a big week for two big reasons - the list of Starbucks’ locations seeking union representation nearly doubled this week and the Supreme Court essentially put the death knell on the President’s vaccine mandate for large employers. We are joined by Peter Romeo, Editor at Large for Restaurant Business Magazine to get his unique insights on the week that was and how employers are reacting to the issue challenges before them.
    And then we will wrap it up with the legislative scorecard.

    • 44 min
    Episode 234: Industry Legislative Agenda for 2022

    Episode 234: Industry Legislative Agenda for 2022

    Well it’s a new year and with the new year comes the opening of state legislatures across the country. We are joined once again by Mike Whatley, Vice President of State Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy for the National Restaurant Association who will walk us through the industry’s key issues for 2022 and what operators and industry executives need to know.
    And we’ll discuss what’s the status of the President’s vaccine mandate, recent actions by governors and mayors, as well as the pending hearing in the U.S. Supreme Court.
    We’ll discuss those issues and wrap it up with the legislative scorecard.

    • 59 min
    Episode 233: Boston is the New Battleground for Starbucks

    Episode 233: Boston is the New Battleground for Starbucks

    The Starbucks union battle rolls on with Boston becoming the new battleground as two locations in the city filed with the NLRB to conduct an organizing election. We are joined by journalist Tori Bedford with WGBH in Boston to give us the latest and greatest on what’s happening on the ground with particular insight into the organizing community itself.
    And for additional perspective, we are joined by Phil Wilson, President & General Counsel of the Labor Relations Institute for his insights on Buffalo, Boston and how employers should be preparing for 2022.
    We’ll discuss those issues and wrap it up with the legislative scorecard.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 232: Introducing Starbucks’ New Business Partner in Buffalo: The SEIU

    Episode 232: Introducing Starbucks’ New Business Partner in Buffalo: The SEIU

    Well, the votes are in and we now have the first union organized Starbucks in the United States. We also have a unit that rejected the union and the decision on the third unit is still up in the air. We will do a deep dive into what happened this week, what’s next for Starbucks, and more importantly, what’s next for the industry.
    And McDonald’s made news this week announcing a quarter billion dollar investment over the next five years as part of a global effort to increase the diversity of the company’s base of owner-operators. We’ll discuss the whys and the wherefores of that move and McDonald’s record in that space.
    And Amazon is getting a lot of press the last few weeks as folks are finally realizing that one company - yes Amazon - is literally setting the wage and benefit marketplace in the entry-level employment space. We’ll discuss the ramifications for all employers in the restaurant and retail space.
    We’ll discuss those issues and wrap it up with the legislative scorecard.

    • 47 min
    Episode 231: Starbucks Unionization Campaign Spreading to Other Markets

    Episode 231: Starbucks Unionization Campaign Spreading to Other Markets

    As predicted, the Starbucks unionization effort has started to grow and is now getting rooted in other jurisdictions, namely Mesa, Arizona this week. If that’s not enough, another effort is underway at an iconic family-owned restaurant chain in small town West Virginia. We’ll update you on the latest and greatest as unions continue setting their sights on the restaurant industry.
    And a key legislative threat to the industry this year, the FAST Act in California has been exported to the local level - the city of Detroit believe it or not. Justin Winslow, the President & CEO of the Michigan Restaurant Association joins us to discuss the efforts by industry opponents to take their issue agendas to the local level and why everybody - no matter where they are - should be paying attention to what’s happening in Detroit.
    We’ll discuss those issues and wrap it up with the legislative scorecard.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

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.

B PDX ,

Content: 5, Production Quality: 1

this podcast consistently delivers quality content especially for business owners, restaurant and c-store operators. But please guys can you fix microphone levels! Some episodes are impossible to listen to unless you want to burst an eardrum!

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