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Union baristas hit Starbucks with 22 allegations of violating schedule regulations

The accusations, leveled in Chicago and Philadelphia, are part of a wave of stepped-up union activity in recent weeks.

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Insomnia Cookies shifts to a 4-day week at its new headquarters

The downtown Philadelphia facility also features an innovation center, but no offices. It's been designed to foster collaboration.

Working Lunch: A Congressional investigation is likely to throw sand into the well-oiled lobbying machinery of One Fair Wage.

CEO Aman Narang said the company grew too quickly as it raced to meet demand. The cuts are intended to lower its operating costs.

The industry has regained workers, and more operators are likely to say they’re fully staffed. But labor is more expensive. Retention remains a key stressor. And jobs have moved.

Working in the kitchen at the growing fast-casual chain offers a unique perspective on California's $20 fast-food wage coming in April. It'll be a boon for workers, but some fear a ripple effect through the economy.

The industry has a number of initiatives underway to pull more potential hires into the field. But the setback of the pandemic and the need for scale are deferring the payoff.

Cross-training, chef-driven speed-scratch ingredients and operational shortcuts help meet back-of-house labor challenges post-pandemic without sacrificing innovation.

Innovation seems to be slowing turnover more than eliminating jobs, at least for now.

Operators have examined their kitchens and processes and added a lot more technology while focusing on takeout. The result has been a more efficient operation.

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