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.

Workforce

Chipotle's shutdown of a unit kept it from unionizing. Or did it?

Working Lunch: Federal regulators could reverse the move, and the closing could spark more union drives.

Operations

Watch out for servers doubling as lookouts for celebs to protest

Activists are offering bounties for a spotting, as they did recently for a heads-up on Brett Kavanaugh.

Working Lunch: Even customers are sounding off about the stances taken by favored dining establishments.

Working Lunch: Are Pizza Hut's reading selections a social threat? and what will a alternative "anti-woke" Chamber of Commerce mean for restaurants?

Working Lunch: Restaurateurs could be stoking controversy with their stances on everything from guns to tipping.

Working Lunch: In some instances, public companies would also have to specify the contributions of suppliers and customers.

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.

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?

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