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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.


A McDonald’s vet could give restaurant franchisees a voice in Congress

Working Lunch: Chuck Edwards beat the incumbent representative of his district in last week's Republican primary, putting him in good stead to be elected in November's general election.


Merchants push back on soaring swipe fees

A third area of inflationary pressure for many restaurateurs are the fees charged for processing guests' credit-card payments. Here's why those costs are rising now, and what merchants are doing to slow the climb.

Working Lunch: The podcast includes a discussion on potential help for the industry from Congress and the Administration and growing unionization efforts. Jack in the Box could be pulled into the fray.

Sticking to its political policies has put the entertainment giant at odds with Gov. DeSantis. Was the turmoil worth it?

Working Lunch: Joe Kefauver and Franklin Coley from Align Public Strategies discuss the giants’ union issues. They also talk EEOC and a candidate for Massachusetts AG.

Working Lunch: The restaurant business may be getting a preview of what's ahead from c-stores and Amazon

Beantown is emerging as the new epicenter of baristas' organizing drive.

Working Lunch: RB Editor-at-Large Peter Romeo joins the Align Public Strategies podcast, as does Brennan Duckett from the National Restaurant Association.

Working Lunch: The burger giant and other U.S. chains will feel their departures from Russia financially. But the bold moves will prove sound business decisions in the long term.

Working Lunch: Joe Kefauver and Franklin Coley from Align Public Strategies discuss the Biden Administration’s planned audits. They also talk about Uber and unions.

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