The Daily Rail: How Restaurants Can Avoid Staff Unionization

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Why it matters to you: What does a union organizing fail means to your business?

Many in our industry have long believed unions represent an existential threat to our success and prosperity. So, when the employees of small QSR Burgerville voted to go with union representation, those same people started shouting about the sky falling in their most desperate voices. Well, it appears the news of inundation of our industry by unions has been much exaggerated, given that the employees at another small burger chain, Little Big Burgers in Oregon, voted against union organization. For those folks that are scared that unions will drive wages out of sight or erode control of their businesses can now rest easy. However, what they might want to observe is how Chanticleer Holdings, owners of Little Big Burger, were able to avoid unionization.

Chanticleer took a novel approach by demanding a union vote very early in the organizing efforts. This seemed to stem the tide of the union approach and the vote went 59% against organizing. This doesn’t mean small chain operators in the full-service industry aren’t subject to this union expansion efforts. If it’s your goal to assiduously avoid a union organizing at your restaurant, you have to start by listening. This is especially true if you aren’t in the units regularly. We would suggest creating listening sessions with key employees in your field operations and asking them what they think of their jobs, the experience of being employed by you, and if they have anything they want to see change. You don’t have to address every issue you find, but you may identify something serious enough to help you derail a union incursion. That sure sounds like time well spent, whether it’s a union or just plain old turnover you are aiming to avoid.

[Source: Restaurant Business Online]


Why it matters to you: Hotels are rejecting business from ICE for a few reasons.

Speaking of unions, it would seem that the hotels that have unions have succumb to their pressure and are refusing to allow ICE or CBP to warehouse detain immigrants while they are being processed. Let’s start with how most big corporations think and then we’ll address the role of the unions. The corporations in the US are 100% focused on profitability. In that pursuit, they are almost universally resistant to any type of perception of bias. They want EVERYONE to feel welcome at their properties -- so long as they are paying to be there. Consequently, the perception that they are complicit with efforts to remove or detain migrants is more than they are willing to endure.

But that was likely not their only issue. Sure perception is reality, but when their unions also objected, hotel giants like Marriott, Hilton, Choice Hotels, Best Western, Wyndham, Hyatt, IHG, and MGM all released statements saying they don’t want their hotels used to detain migrants, according to a report from the Associated Press. It appears their unions were sufficiently strident in their rejection of the hotels housing migrants that it tipped the scales. It’s unusual for corporations to even weigh-in on issues of government policy. However, when you consider the growing number of guests and the overwhelming number of employees they employ that are connected to the migrants in some way, it’s not the least bit surprising.

[Source: Forbes]