The union organizing Starbucks opts to bail from another concept it represents

Workers United has filed for regulators' approval to part company with an Ultimo Coffee cafe. The move comes as a majority of the coffee shop's employees take steps to oust the group.


House agrees to consider a rollback of the new joint-employer standard

A resolution thwarting adoption of a new definition will be put to a vote within days, according to the International Franchise Association.

Working Lunch: The developments are unlikely to halt the fault-finding that's erupted. But at least one could foster more respect.

Though commissioned by Starbucks, it faults management for its naivety and misread of the situation, but says the chain never aimed to bust the union.

Working Lunch: A newly formed alliance includes parties that are usually opposed to the industry on political matters.

The chain has asked Starbucks Workers Union to push through disagreements on the format of negotiations and bang out all contracts by 2025.

Starbucks Workers United said it will push that demand with a job action during Red Cup Day, one of the coffee chain's major traffic boosters.

A beta version of the $5 food-safety training program needs to get rid of some bugs, says an expert on the topic. But its producers say the issue is politics, not a dispute over best practices.

Reality Check: The industry's tendency to portray every legislative or regulatory proposal as a restaurant killer is getting very old. Couldn't we be adults and focus on the real effects, like less opportunity?

As feared, the National Labor Relations Board has broadened the definition of "joint employer," rousing the industry to pledge new battles in Congress and the courts.

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