Starbucks is fighting both its unions and the NLRB

Working Lunch: The Align Public Strategies podcast features a discussion on the Starbucks unionization effort, McDonald’s battle with Carl Icahn and some legislation in Maryland.

Activist investor Carl Icahn is making a bold move at McDonald’s to force change on the board of directors.

In this week’s episode of the Working Lunch podcast, Joe Kefauver, managing partner with Align Public Strategies, and Franklin Coley, a partner with the firm, discuss the ramifications the proxy fight could have on supply chains and corporate governance.

They also talk about Maryland and Extended Producer Responsibility legislation. The business community lent its support to a framework overhauling the recycling marketplace. The podcast discusses what could become a national blueprint for other states and cities.

And there continues to be action at Starbucks. The podcast features a discussion on some recent decisions that could shape the nature of the chain’s unionization campaign, now covering more than 100 restaurants.

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