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Working Lunch: Retailers winning battle for top employees


Another group of coffee shops — this time in Cambridge, Mass. — has filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board seeking union representation. This is the latest example of the uptick of grassroots-based union organizing campaigns currently underway in the industry. This week, the team at Align Public Strategies discusses this effort, provides an update on the ongoing Starbucks effort, and predicts what may be next for the industry.

And there was extensive media coverage this week highlighting the steadily growing advantage that retailers have in the battle for employees. The team looks at that and what policy ramifications may potentially arise that will impact the labor shortage.

And California Gov. Gavin Newsom not only survived his recall election; one could argue he came out of it stronger than ever. Align Public Strategies discusses the results and if the outcome in California has any national implications regarding next year’s election cycle.

The episode wraps with the legislative scorecard.

Align Public Strategies is a full-service public affairs and creative firm that helps corporate brands, governments and nonprofits navigate the outside world and inform their internal decision-making. This article does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors or management of Nation's Restaurant News or Restaurant Hospitality.

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