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.

Operations

It's official: Bernie Sanders v. Howard Schultz

Working Lunch: The podcast, from Align Public Strategies, features a discussion on the upcoming testimony by Starbucks’ interim CEO in front of Sanders’ U.S. Senate committee.

Leadership

Bernie Sanders has a hot seat waiting for Starbucks' Howard Schultz

Working Lunch: Sanders may indeed be able to compel a Senate appearance by the outgoing chain CEO, but that's just one of the issues that Starbucks faced in the last week or so.

Working Lunch: The CEO is quick to shift responsibility to societal trends. So why is the brand making so many operational changes?

Working Lunch: "I see the fine hand of the anti-tipping lobby at play here," says co-host Joe Kefauver.

Working Lunch: The industry is under attack in the political arena, with battles forming on a host of fronts.

Working Lunch: Proposals in Massachusetts and Virginia are proof the wage-setting model called for by California's first-of-its-kind law is spreading geographically and across job types.

Working Lunch: The recent New York Times story was a hit piece. There was so much more that should have been in it.

Working Lunch: The EVP of public policy for the National Restaurant Association joins the podcast to discuss the legal situation with the controversial law.

Working Lunch: The industry proved it won't win on key ballot issues if it doesn't put up a fight.

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