Working Lunch

Working Lunch is a podcast from Align Public Strategies devoted to explaining the so what and now what about key issues impacting the restaurant and retail industries.


On the union front, it's open season on Starbucks

Working Lunch: Starbucks Workers United is stepping up its courtship of the public as it looks ahead to contract negotiations.


Restaurants get unexpected help in protecting the tip credit

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

Working Lunch: The proposal is part of what's emerging as a wave of bills aiming to curb franchisors' power. That alone makes it worth tracking.

Working Lunch: The situation could draw fire to the industry, yet even the involved brands may not be aware of their vulnerability.

Working Lunch: Some unionized workers aren't happy about a portion of their paycheck going to labor groups, and they're deciding to do something about it.

Working Lunch: The past week has brought at least one long-awaited and controversial regulatory change. But that's not all that's happening.

Working Lunch: It promises to be an historic year politically, with plenty of pandering by candidates and action on a slew of issues, from service fees to credit-card processing charges

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

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

Working Lunch: Shifting political alliances are likely to turn a reduction in charges into an imperative at the state level.

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