http://www.bluemaumau.org/frontpagestories en Home Instead Names Jeff Huber CEO http://www.bluemaumau.org/14412/home_instead_names_jeff_huber_ceo <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="Home Instead Inc. new CEO" src="http://www.bluemaumau.org/sites/default/files/resize/033115_1953_HomeInstead1-330x330.png" style="height: 330px; width: 330px;" width="330" height="330" /><br /> <div class="caption">New CEO Jeff Huber</div> </div> <p>OMAHA, Neb. &ndash; Senior care provider Home Instead Inc. announced today that its president Jeff Huber will add the role of chief executive officer to his duties. Current CEO Roger Baumgart, age 67, will step down to become CEO emeritus, effective April 15.<span style="font-family:Gill Sans MT"> </span></p> <!--break--><!--break--><p>During his 19 years with Home Instead, Roger Baumgart held several key leadership positions, including vice president, senior vice president, chief operating officer and president.</p> <p>But incoming Huber has also helped lead the franchise network&#39;s growth. He served as chief administrative officer, chief development officer and other positions for seventeen years at the franchising firm as it grew from 125 senior care franchises to more than a thousand in 16 countries.</p> <p>&quot;Jeff has played a critical role in Home Instead&#39;s growth,&quot; says Home Instead co-founder and chairman Paul Hogan about new CEO Huber. &quot;I have the utmost confidence in his ability to lead the organization to a next level,&quot; he added. Hogan founded the chain in 1994 with his wife Lori Hogan.</p> <p><span style="font-family:Gill Sans MT">Huber moves into the CEO position as the organization is now looking towards global expansion. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --> http://www.bluemaumau.org/14412/home_instead_names_jeff_huber_ceo#comments service senior care franchise senior care services Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:53:20 +0000 Don Sniegowski 14412 at http://www.bluemaumau.org The Biggest Banks for Small Business http://www.bluemaumau.org/14404/biggest_banks_small_business <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="US Bank" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Yvu5Koj1RN0/VRJYHvhy5LI/AAAAAAAB8dM/j9oQw0hnre0/w1448-h815-no/DON_2954.JPG" style="width: 680px; height: 383px;" /> <div class="caption">US Bank, photo by BMM</div> </div> <p>RALEIGH, N.C. &ndash; American financial institutions are lending more of their loan portfolios to small businesses, whether franchised or not. </p> <!--break--><!--break--><p> According to data from Sageworks Bank Information, outstanding small business loans totaled $12 billion more in 2014 than the previous year, marking the first annual increase since 2010. 2014&#39;s small business loans increased 2 percent compared to the 0.5% drop in 2013 and the 4.3% drop in 2012, according to Sageworks.</p> <table border="0" style="border-collapse:collapse"> <tbody valign="top"> <tr style="height: 30px; background: #366092"> <td colspan="3" style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: none; border-right: none" valign="bottom"><span style="color:white; font-size:14pt">Top 15 Lenders to Small Business in $, Year Ended 12/31/14</span></td> </tr> <tr style="background: #4f81bd"> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: none" valign="bottom"><span style="color:white"><strong>Bank</strong></span></td> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: none" valign="bottom"><span style="color:white"><strong>Ttl Small Biz Loans</strong></span></td> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt" valign="bottom"><span style="color:white"><strong>Small Biz loans as % of total loans</strong></span></td> </tr> <tr style="background: #dce6f1"> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: none" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">Wells Fargo Bank, Ntl Assn</span></td> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: none" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">$ 34,715,000,000 </span></td> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">4.3%</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: none" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">Bank of America, Ntl Assn</span></td> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: none" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">$ 33,352,000,000 </span></td> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">4.4%</span></td> </tr> <tr style="background: #dce6f1"> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: none" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">JP Morgan Chase Bank, Ntl Assn</span></td> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: none" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">$ 19,309,000,000 </span></td> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">3.5%</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: none" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">US Bank Ntl Assn</span></td> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: none" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">$ 17,131,904,000 </span></td> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">6.8%</span></td> </tr> <tr style="background: #dce6f1"> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: none" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">Branch Banking &amp; Trust</span></td> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: none" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">$ 9,162,906,000 </span></td> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">7.8%</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: none" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">PNC Bank, Ntl Assn</span></td> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: none" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">$ 9,072,095,000 </span></td> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">4.4%</span></td> </tr> <tr style="background: #dce6f1"> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: none" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">Citibank, Ntl Assn</span></td> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: none" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">$ 8,802,000,000 </span></td> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">2.5%</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: none" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">Regions Bank</span></td> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: none" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">$ 6,087,359,000 </span></td> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">7.8%</span></td> </tr> <tr style="background: #dce6f1"> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: none" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">Chase Bank USA, Ntl Assn</span></td> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: none" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">$ 5,621,863,000 </span></td> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">5.7%</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: none" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">Manufacturers &amp; Traders Trust</span></td> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: none" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">$ 5,575,160,000 </span></td> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">8.4%</span></td> </tr> <tr style="background: #dce6f1"> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: none" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">TD Bank, Ntl Assn</span></td> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: none" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">$ 4,913,858,000 </span></td> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">4.4%</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: none" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">Suntrust Bank</span></td> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: none" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">$ 4,755,220,000 </span></td> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">3.5%</span></td> </tr> <tr style="background: #dce6f1"> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: none" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">Synovus Bank</span></td> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: none" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">$ 4,384,835,000 </span></td> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">20.7%</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: none" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">First-Citizens Bank &amp; Trust</span></td> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: none" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">$ 4,166,024,000 </span></td> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">29.4%</span></td> </tr> <tr style="background: #dce6f1"> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: none" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">Bank of the West</span></td> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: none" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">$ 3,983,982,000 </span></td> <td style="padding-left: 9px; padding-right: 9px; border-top: none; border-left: none; border-bottom: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt; border-right: solid #95b3d7 0.5pt" valign="bottom"><span style="color:black">7.8%</span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><span style="font-size:10px;">Data: Sageworks</span></p> <p>&quot;Banks may feel that these [privately-held small business] companies are in a good position to take on debt,&quot; said Sageworks analyst James Noe. &quot;You can see that reflected in the increased overall lending volume to small businesses,&quot; he said.</p> <div class="photoright"><img alt="Biggest small business lenders as small business loans as a % of total loans" src="http://www.bluemaumau.org/sites/default/files/032515_0446_TheBiggestB1.png" width="336" height="336" /> <div class="caption">Data: Sageworks</div> </div> <p>The analyst found that Wells Fargo, Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase were the top lenders when it came to total dollars dished out to small businesses. Because of the massive amount of loans the largest banks grant overall, it is important to pair total loan volume with another, the percentage of small business loans compared to total loans in a bank&#39;s portfolio. This metric indicates the relative priority and focus that a bank gives to small business lending compared with other types of lending. Using that filter, Georgia&#39;s Synovus bank and North Carolina&#39;s First-Citizens Bank stand out as two of the larger banks that dedicate a fairly significant portion of their loan portfolios to small businesses. They have both the total volume and a larger percentage of small business loans.</p> <p>When it comes to banks that commit their all to small businesses, Farmers State Bank in the flat farm fields of Humphrey, Nebraska topped the list. It allocated nearly 97 percent of its total loan dollars to small businesses last year. Pitney Bowes Bank also stood out, dedicating 95 percent of its loan dollars to small business owners in 2014. That equates to nearly $330 million worth of loans dedicated to small businesses from Pitney alone.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --> http://www.bluemaumau.org/14404/biggest_banks_small_business#comments manage bankers banking lending small business lenders small business loans Wed, 25 Mar 2015 04:47:02 +0000 BMM 14404 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Chick-fil-A and Papa John’s Ranked Best by Customers http://www.bluemaumau.org/14402/chickfila_and_papa_john%E2%80%99s_ranked_best_customers <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><img alt="QSRs ranked by top Customer Experience" src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7642/16698052318_2238f4d291_z.jpg" style="width: 680px; height: 383px;" /></p> <p>WABAN, Mass. &ndash; Customers rank Papa John&#39;s and Chick-fil-A as having delivered the best customer experience among quick service restaurant brands in 2015, according to this year&#39;s annual survey of 10,000 consumers in America.</p> <!--break--><!--break--><div class="photoright"><img alt="" src="http://www.bluemaumau.org/sites/default/files/032115_1947_ChickfilAan1.png" width="336" height="336" /> <div class="caption">Chart: Blue MauMau; Data: Temkin Group</div> </div> <p>Chick-fil-A took the top spot for the fourth year in a row, earning a rating of 82%, according to the 2015 Temkin Experience Ratings. That put it in fourth place out of 293 companies across twenty industries. Papa John&#39;s, a newcomer to the survey ratings, came in second with a score of 81% and an overall ranking of 8th. Four other fast food chains earned an &quot;excellent&quot; rating &ndash; Dairy Queen, Panera Bread, Subway, and Sonic Drive-In. McDonald&#39;s and Hardee&#39;s pulled in at the bottom of what consumers considered &quot;good&quot;.</p> <p>The only quick service restaurant chain not to receive at least a &quot;good&quot; score among those Temkin tracks was Jack in the Box, who received a rating of 67% and placed 128th overall.</p> <p>&quot;The fact that Chick-fil-A can stand out, year after year, for its customer experience amid such tough competition is really impressive,&quot; states Bruce Temkin, managing partner of Temkin Group.</p> <p>Overall, quick service restaurants (fast food) averaged a 76% rating in the 2015 Temkin Experience Ratings and came in second place out of twenty industries. It was also one of the 14 industries whose ratings declined in the past year, with its average decreasing by 2.0 percentage-points.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --> http://www.bluemaumau.org/14402/chickfila_and_papa_john%E2%80%99s_ranked_best_customers#comments food consumer experience fast food QSR quick service restaurant Sat, 21 Mar 2015 19:47:45 +0000 BMM 14402 at http://www.bluemaumau.org IFA Loses Seattle $15 Wage Hike Lawsuit http://www.bluemaumau.org/14398/ifa_loses_seattle_15_wage_hike_lawsuit <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="Strike for $15" src="/sites/default/files/resize/Strikefor15-680x380.jpg" style="width: 680px; height: 380px;" width="680" height="380" /> <div class="caption">Workers protest for $15 wages in Detroit. Photo from PR firm BerlinRosen</div> </div> <p>SEATTLE &ndash; While Seattle became the first city in the nation to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour in order to reduce income inequality, some in the franchise community opposed it. They objected that they would be treated as large employers and not as independent small businesses. They protested how non-franchised small businesses would reap the benefits of a delay in increases of minimum wage, a delay that franchises would not reap.</p> <!--break--><!--break--><p>Seattle franchisees resent having to pay a higher minimum wage than their independent small business competitors. But despite the opposition, a federal judge ruled that franchisees will be subject to the three-year phase in period along with their franchisors.</p> <p>Franchisors regard the ruling as a hardship in selling franchises, since a potential franchise buyer might reason that they prefer starting an independent business to avoid higher minimum wage costs that Seattle franchises will have to pay.</p> <p>Although the International Franchise Association, which represents national chains from fast food restaurants to hotels, including&nbsp;five of the suing&nbsp;franchisees that are from&nbsp;the ranks of the&nbsp;IFA&#39;s franchisor members, assert franchise owners will suffer competitive injury, loss of customers and goodwill, and the risk of going out of business, Judge Richard Jones ruled in yesterday&#39;s decision:&nbsp;&quot;The court finds the allegations are conclusory and unsupported by the facts of the records.&quot;&nbsp;The federal judge dismissed the&nbsp;arguments and denied the franchisees&#39;&nbsp;request for preliminary injunction.</p> <p>Judge Jones did not decide definitively that franchisees are fundamentally different from independent small business owners of the same size. But after weighing the evidence put forth by franchisees&mdash;BrightStar Care, AlphaGraphics and Holiday Inn&mdash;he ruled that there was a reasonable basis for the determination that franchisees receive enough help from their relationship with franchisors to allow them to pay the higher wage.</p> <p>The court decision is also significant because it calls attention to how much control franchisors have over their franchisees&#39; operations. The judge found that franchisors have enough of a hand in their franchisees&#39; businesses that the two could plausibly be treated as one. Recently, the franchise community has been nervously monitoring the National Labor Relations Board action against McDonald&#39;s Corp., the world&#39;s largest fast food company. The NLRB filed suit against the hamburger chain to determine if McDonald&#39;s is a &quot;joint employer&quot; with its franchisees when labor laws protecting employee protests were allegedly violated.</p> <p><strong>Reaction to court decision</strong></p> <p>Seattle Mayor Ed Murray stated, &quot;This is a great day for Seattle&#39;s fast-food workers. This ruling ensures that on April 1, the minimum wage will go up for everyone in our city.&quot;</p> <p>IFA president and CEO Steve Caldeira viewed the decision as disappointing and vowed to continue the fight. &quot;The ordinance is clearly discriminatory and would harm hard-working small business owners who happen to be franchisees. Those who have set out to destroy the long-accepted, time-tested and proven franchise business model must be stopped. IFA will continue to fight against discrimination of small business owners [franchisees] in Seattle and elsewhere. It was never about Seattle raising the minimum wage to $15 wage, but rather the increase applied in a discriminatory way,&quot; he declared.</p> <p>Seattle&#39;s new law, which takes effect April 1, requires large businesses, and now franchises in franchise chains that have collectively over 500 employees, to raise the wage they pay workers to $15 an hour over the next three years. Smaller businesses will have seven years to phase in the same wage increase.</p> <p>IFA explained that the Seattle ordinance unfairly requires the area&#39;s 600 franchisees, which own 1,700 locations and employ 19,000 workers, to meet the faster three-year deadline for large businesses simply because they operate as part of a franchise network. &quot;These small, locally-owned businesses would be treated as large, national companies under the law due to their affiliation with the franchise network. This affiliation violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, given 96 percent of the franchises operating in Seattle are affiliated with an interstate commerce network,&quot; IFA said in its press release.</p> <p>Franchisee attorney Robert Salkowski of Zarco Einhorn Salkowski &amp; Brito said he thinks this ordinance in Seattle discriminates against franchisees. &quot;I think it is an attempt by the city to destroy franchisees in favor of truly local businesses,&quot; says Salkowski. He adds, &quot;It unfairly targets franchisees with no understanding of the difficulties they have in operating their businesses, both from a purely business perspective and in terms of their relationships with the franchisor.&quot; The Miami counsel said he thinks it is a misguided effort by Seattle to lump in the employee count of a franchised business with the accumulated workers of other franchises in a network, including a franchisor&#39;s.</p> <p>Salkowski also said that to some degree he believes the judge was looking at the group that fought against the law, the IFA, as sounding too much like the mouthpiece of franchisors. &quot;I&#39;m wondering whether or not the decision may have been different if it was actually brought by the franchisees themselves, instead of by the lobbying arm of the IFA,&quot; stated Salkowski. He said he appreciated the IFA&#39;s efforts, but from the standpoint of optics and effectiveness, one wonders if the judge may have ruled differently if, in fact, it was franchisees with their own independent franchisee associations at their side. Their arguments would sound different and more authentic than messages pushed and culled by franchisors.</p> <p>Seattle attorney Howard E. Bundy, representing franchise and small business owners, said the court decision puts franchisees at a competitive disadvantage that is very unfair if we are going to acknowledge that they are independent business people. He feels the battle was lost even before the ordinance was passed months ago. &quot;The people opposing the ordinance lost the message from the start,&quot; observed Bundy. &quot;They were entirely tone deaf to the culture and political situation in Seattle, and to the background of the judge. And to present arguments that don&#39;t fly well in a town that is ambivalent even to its own big corporations.&quot;</p> <p>Bundy also said, &quot;They created the impression to the community that every franchisee is as wealthy as some of the big McDonald&#39;s franchisees. The spin from the other side was that franchisees have deep pockets and can adjust their business plans to accommodate the higher wages. Nobody managed to explain to the media or to the court how franchising works, and how little ability franchisees have to change their business model.&quot; He further explained that when you have franchisors telling franchise owners that they can&#39;t charge more than a dollar for a burger, and then threaten to terminate them if they refuse, such franchisees naturally have nowhere to go to improve their dangerously low margins other than reduce their own pay. If a franchisees&#39; own compensation is near zero, then even that option would not be viable for the business.</p> <p>Bundy said that the picture that was presented was one of giant McDonald&#39;s fighting against the City of Seattle. &quot;Every time, McDonald&#39;s is going to lose that. Particularly, when they are arguing esoteric constitutional issues. And somehow it didn&#39;t come across to the media what the economic impact would be.&quot; His impression of the events was that the IFA poorly handled the messaging.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>Related Articles:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.vancouversun.com/Business/asia-pacific/Judge+ruling+block+part+Seattle+higher+minimum/10900270/story.html">Judge&#39;s ruling not to block part of Seattle higher minimum wage law hailed by supporters</a> (Vancouver Sun)</li> <li><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/18/the-franchise-industry-went-to-war-against-seattles-new-15-wage-seattle-won/">The franchise industry went to war against Seattle&#39;s new $15 wage. Seattle won (Wash. Post).</a></li> <li><a href="http://money.cnn.com/2015/03/18/news/economy/seattle-minimum-wage/index.html">Seattle workers win fight over $15 minimum wage (CNN)</a></li> </ul> <!-- google_ad_section_end --> http://www.bluemaumau.org/14398/ifa_loses_seattle_15_wage_hike_lawsuit#comments legal $15 minimum wage franchise law franchisees Fri, 20 Mar 2015 01:18:57 +0000 Janet Sparks 14398 at http://www.bluemaumau.org February Franchise Jobs Up 29,000 in U.S. http://www.bluemaumau.org/14393/february_franchise_jobs_29000_us <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><img alt="Denny's Now Hiring. Photo by Blue MauMau" src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7585/16853371512_41a4e63d54_n.jpg" style="width: 330px; height: 248px; float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" />ROSELAND, N.J. &ndash; Along with the rest of the economy, U.S. private-sector franchise jobs continue to grow. Franchise jobs increased by 29,000 during the month of February. </p> <!--break--><!--break--><p> Job hiring growth from franchises of 0.3 percent for February outgrew the monthly growth rate of 0.2 percent for small business jobs, according to payroll solutions provider ADP and its monthly national franchise report.</p> <p>While restaurants grew at a more modest 0.2 percent, food and personal care retailers grew at the highest monthly growth rate over January. However, the giant sector of restaurant franchises hired the most -- 8,720 more jobs for the month. But that rise in jobs was down from the 15,560 rise per month over the last six months.</p> <p>Education centers and real estate franchises lost jobs in February.</p> <p>&quot;Franchise job gains in February were up slightly from January and continued above the twelve-month average,&quot; said Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president and head of the ADP Research Institute. &quot;Employment increased despite the fact that restaurant jobs were down by almost half from last month.&quot;</p> <p><center><img alt="" src="http://www.bluemaumau.org/sites/default/files/031815_1410_FebruaryFra1.png" width="500" height="291" /></center></p> <p>The general private sector employment, not just franchises, also continues to gain steam, adding 212,000 jobs in February. Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody&#39;s Analytics, said, &quot;Job growth is strong, but slowing from the torrid pace of recent months. Job gains remain broad-based, although the collapse in oil prices has begun to weigh on energy-related employment. At the current pace of growth, the economy will return to full employment by mid-2016.&quot;</p> <p><center><img alt="<br /> U.S. Added 29,000 Franchise Jobs in February, According to ADP National Franchise Report<br /> " border="0" height="1598" src="http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/2015/February/NFR/images/infographic/main/NFRFebruary2015_infographic.gif" width="598" /></center></p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --> http://www.bluemaumau.org/14393/february_franchise_jobs_29000_us#comments trends franchise job growth Wed, 18 Mar 2015 14:10:47 +0000 BMM 14393 at http://www.bluemaumau.org McDonald’s Workers Allege Hazardous Conditions under OSHA http://www.bluemaumau.org/14389/mcdonald%E2%80%99s_workers_allege_hazardous_conditions_under_osha <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><img alt="Strike for higher wage at a Los Angeles McDonald's" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Zyh1LwXOSmY/VQhImaNK2OI/AAAAAAAB8ck/CGkizr7gerk/w1445-h815-no/photo2.JPG" style="float: right; height: 384px; width: 681px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" />NEW YORK - Fast food workers filed a complaint this morning against McDonald&#39;s Corp. and franchisees claiming 28 health and safety violations related to widespread hazards of working in restaurants in 19 cities nationwide.</p> <!--break--><!--break--><p>Filed with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, as well as state safety and health authorities, the complaint points to a wide range of serious dangers related to slippery floors, bubbling hot oil and white hot grill. The workers contend that burns and other injuries occur when they are pressured into working faster to meet the store managers&#39; demands.</p> <p>Brittney Berry, who has worked at McDonald&#39;s in Chicago since 2011, said she suffered a severe burn on her forearm and nerve damage from such an accident states. &quot;My managers kept pushing me to work faster, and while trying to meet their demands I slipped on a wet floor, catching my arm on a hot grill.&quot; She said the managers told her to put mustard on it, but she ended up having to get rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. &quot;This is exactly why workers at McDonald&#39;s need union rights, so we have a voice to make the company take responsibility for the dangers it creates in its stores,&quot; she declared.</p> <p>The employees allege that the restaurants&#39; understaffing and pressure to work too fast are created by the chain&#39;s computer system that dictates staffing levels and the pace of work. They assert those are the main drivers responsible for the injuries of fast food workers. Because they are required to clean and filter fryers while the oil is hot, and floors are greasy and wet, workers are being injured.</p> <p>Kendall Fells, organizing director of the Fight for $15 campaign, to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour, said burns have been reported as a widespread problem since fast-food workers started organizing in New York City more than two years ago. &quot;In our first meeting, there were 50 workers in a room in New York City who held up their arms covered in burns and said &#39;this is what it means to be a fast-food worker,&quot; Fells told. &quot;As this campaign has spread to cities across the country, it&#39;s become painfully clear that unsafe conditions go hand in hand with the industry&#39;s low wages,&quot; he proclaimed.</p> <p>Fells explained that McDonald&#39;s sets minimal health and safety standards for all franchisees, but even these modest measures are not properly enforced.&nbsp; The company watches like a hawk nearly every aspect of its franchisees&#39; business operations via regular inspections, but it too often ignores health and safety problems. Moreover, workers in corporate-owned stores report the same health and safety hazards as workers in franchised restaurants. &quot;It&#39;s a problem that only McDonald&#39;s can fix, and the time to fix it is now,&quot; Mr. Fells added.</p> <p>McDonald&#39;s issued a statement Monday morning by spokesperson Heidi Barker SaShekhem. She stated that its franchisees are committed to provide safe working conditions for employees. The company will review the allegations. &quot;It is important to note that these complaints are part of a larger strategy orchestrated by activists targeting our brand and designed to generate media coverage,&quot; said SaShekhem.</p> <h3><span style="color:#800000;"><strong>National survey on injuries</strong></span></h3> <div class="photoright"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="225" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xN9TdrYeZzU?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0" width="400"></iframe></div> <p>The announcement of the OSHA complaint comes as a <a href="http://www.coshnetwork.org/sites/default/files/FastFood_Workplace_Safety_Poll_Memo.pdf">new national survey</a> is revealed, showing a staggering share of fast-food workers&#39; injuries. It states that 79 percent have been burned in the past year. 36 percent reported that first aid kits were missing, inaccessible, or empty. And one-third of workers in the U.S. have been told to treat burns with condiments rather than burn cream.</p> <p>Monday&#39;s Fight for $15 campaign announced the launch of a <a href="http://fightfor15.org/petition/burns/">petition</a> that calls on the U.S. Department of Labor to investigate widespread health and safety hazards in the fast-food industry. Workers <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xN9TdrYeZzU&amp;feature=youtu.be">launched a video</a> and website, burnedbyfastfood.org, to call attention to the prevalence of severe burns in the industry.</p> <p>Workers announced that they would be holding protests at McDonald&#39;s stores across the country Tuesday to demand that the company be held accountable for the widespread dangers at its stores.</p> <p>The 19 cities where complaints were filed include Kansas City, Missouri, Miramar, Florida, Nanuet, New York, New York City, New Orleans, and Philadelphia.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>Related Articles</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://finance.yahoo.com/news/mcdonalds-workers-detail-burns-job-160756760.html">McDonald&#39;s Workers Detail Burns, Hazards</a> Yahoo</li> <li><a href="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.bluemaumau.org/14327/mcdonald%25E2%2580%2599s_franchisee_accused_civil_rights_violations_racism_harassment&amp;sa=U&amp;ei=6kAHVev2FsGNNuaLg-AC&amp;ved=0CAwQFjAD&amp;client=internal-uds-cse&amp;usg=AFQjCNFymoKEfLbkvDqw0bXbMjBbDgGknA" target="_top">McDonald&#39;s and Franchisee Accused of Civil Rights Violations</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.bluemaumau.org/13731/unions_protest_mcdonald%25E2%2580%2599s_alleged_wage_theft_workers%25E2%2580%2599_pay&amp;sa=U&amp;ei=6kAHVev2FsGNNuaLg-AC&amp;ved=0CA4QFjAE&amp;client=internal-uds-cse&amp;usg=AFQjCNG8unP2tOK7Cbaq7_mHZnJleOdrsA" target="_top">Unions Protest McDonald&#39;s Alleged Wage Theft of Workers&#39; Pay </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.bluemaumau.org/enter_your_own_tag/mcdonalds_wage_theft_lawsuits&amp;sa=U&amp;ei=6kAHVev2FsGNNuaLg-AC&amp;ved=0CAgQFjAB&amp;client=internal-uds-cse&amp;usg=AFQjCNGSpUWYC2sliBluJS4FiHzp3UuuJw" target="_top">McDonald&#39;s wage theft lawsuits - Blue MauMau</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.bluemaumau.org/nlrb_allowing_%25E2%2580%259Cjointemployer%25E2%2580%259D_claims_against_mcdonald%25E2%2580%2599s_raises_eyebrows&amp;sa=U&amp;ei=vkEHVbunA5PnoASez4JA&amp;ved=0CAoQFjAC&amp;client=internal-uds-cse&amp;usg=AFQjCNHwFI334Inn1aAK09kfb5F-zl4c-Q" target="_top">NLRB Allowing &quot;Joint-Employer&quot; Claims against McDonald&#39;s</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.bluemaumau.org/joint_employerfor_whom_bell_tolls&amp;sa=U&amp;ei=vkEHVbunA5PnoASez4JA&amp;ved=0CA4QFjAE&amp;client=internal-uds-cse&amp;usg=AFQjCNH-ehmUoCmBHnqCXx7JKAG-Q0NFsQ" target="_top">Joint Employer, For Whom the Bell Tolls | BlueMauMau, Franchise ...</a></li> </ul> <!-- google_ad_section_end --> http://www.bluemaumau.org/14389/mcdonald%E2%80%99s_workers_allege_hazardous_conditions_under_osha#comments food legal fast food worker protests Kendall Fells OSHA lawsuit against McDonald's safety and health violations Mon, 16 Mar 2015 22:28:35 +0000 Janet Sparks 14389 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Hot Sauce Heats Up!! http://www.bluemaumau.org/14384/hot_sauce_heats <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="" src="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3893/14617603298_95123dd024_c.jpg" style="width: 494px; height: 330px;" /> <div class="caption">Srirachi factory. Photo by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/pinkchick83/14617603298/sizes/c/" target="_blank">Serena Grace</a></div> </div> <p>CHICAGO &ndash; Way more consumers like it hot says a foodservice researcher. Hot sauce, the hotness of which is often ranked by quantity of flames or symbols of hell, is well&hellip; hot right now. </p> <!--break--><!--break--><p> So much so that hot sauce is spreading to levels of ubiquity in homes and foodservice outlets.</p> <p>Fifty-six percent of households have hot sauce on hand in their kitchens, and Sriracha, a relatively new Asian hot sauce, is already stocked in 9 percent of total U.S. households and 16 percent of households headed by someone under age 35, according to foodservice researcher The NPD Group and its recently released audit of U.S. kitchens. The popularity of hot sauce also extends to away-from-home dining experiences. Cases of hot sauce shipped from foodservice distributors to restaurants and other foodservice outlets increased by double-digits over the past two years.</p> <p>Classic Louisiana-style hot sauce is still the leader in terms of case volume shipped from distributors to U.S. foodservice outlets, but shipment growth has tapered off because of the wide variety of hot sauces now available, finds NPD. Case shipments of some habanero hot sauce flavors, particularly habanero with fruit flavors like mango, grew triple-digits in the year ending December 2014 compared to the same period a year ago. There were double the cases shipped of Chipotle hot sauce flavors and Srircha in 2014 than in the previous year, finds NPD&#39;s SupplyTrack, a monthly tracking service that tracks every product shipped from major broadline distributors to their foodservice operators.</p> <p>Females ages 18 to 44 and 55 to 64 and males ages 18 to 54 and 65 plus eat more than the average amount of hot sauce over the course of a year, according to NPD&#39;s national eating trends research. Females, ages 45 to 54 and 65 plus, eat less than the average amount. Males, ages 55 to 64, eat an average amount. Dual-income, no-kids households, commonly referred to as DINKS, eat more hot sauce than any other household lifecycle. Consumers in the south eat more hot sauce than any other region of the country, but those in the central and western U.S. also eat an above-average amount. Eating less than the average amount of hot sauce are consumers in the east.</p> <p>There is a scientific explanation as to why consumers are willing to subject themselves to the burning sensation on their tongue and watery eyes that eating hot sauce often causes. The burning sensation is caused by capsaicin, a natural chemical that sends a burning sensation from the nerve endings in the mouth to the brain. The body defends itself against the pain sensation by secreting endorphins, natural painkillers that cause a physical rush, which is similar to a runner&#39;s high.</p> <p>&quot;Hot sauce is clearly part of the diet of many U.S. consumers, and it&#39;s a food that crosses gender, age, ethnicity, and income,&quot; says Annie Roberts, vice president of NPD&#39;s SupplyTrack. &quot;Hot or pepper sauce is a large seasoning category, and for foodservice manufacturers and operators it&#39;s about understanding the category&#39;s share, where the category is growing and where it isn&#39;t, and from which other categories it&#39;s stealing share.&quot;</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --> http://www.bluemaumau.org/14384/hot_sauce_heats#comments trends food researcher foodservice research foodservice trends restaurant trends The NPD Group Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:20:58 +0000 BMM 14384 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Accor Launches App for New Apple Watch http://www.bluemaumau.org/14382/accor_launches_app_new_apple_watch <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><img alt="" src="http://www.bluemaumau.org/sites/default/files/resize/031115_0005_AccorLaunch1-330x326.png" style="height: 326px; width: 330px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right;" width="330" height="326" /></p> <p>PARIS, France &ndash; Guests of Accor hotels will soon be able to manage their hotel bookings through a new app that will be available on the just-announced Apple Watch.</p> <!--break--><!--break--><p>The app will show bookings, an interactive map to a hotel property, information about a property among its 14 brands and 3,700 hotels, and provide access to a guest&#39;s loyalty points and status.</p> <p>Accor&#39;s SVP e-commerce Romain Roulleau says that the company wants to put itself solidly into the mobile technology world. &quot;Accor is thus fully embracing the era of connected wearables and adopting an ongoing improvement approach to this robust market trend so it can provide guests with a value added service before, during and after their stay,&quot; states Roulleau.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --> http://www.bluemaumau.org/14382/accor_launches_app_new_apple_watch#comments hotel Wed, 11 Mar 2015 00:05:06 +0000 BMM 14382 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Johnny Rockets Hires Charles Bruce as CEO http://www.bluemaumau.org/14381/johnny_rockets_hires_charles_bruce_ceo <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><img alt="Logo provided by Johnny Rockets" src="http://www.bluemaumau.org/sites/default/files/resize/031015_2039_JohnnyRocke1-330x294.jpg" style="float: right; height: 294px; width: 330px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" width="330" height="294" />ALISO VIEJO, Calif. &ndash;Johnny Rockets has hired Charles Bruce as its new president and chief executive officer of the 330 restaurant chain. </p> <!--break--><!--break--><p> Bruce replaces John Fuller, who is now free to pursue interests outside. Fuller was appointed CEO in 2010, after joining the firm in 2008 as its chief financial officer.</p> <p>David Finnigan, a member of Johnny Rockets&#39; board of directors, stressed that Bruce, &quot;has a proven track record establishing productive relationships with franchise partners.&quot; In fact, Bruce has worked on behalf of pizza franchisees in the International Pizza Hut Franchise Holders Association, a franchisee guild based in Wichita, Kansas.</p> <p>The board director also said that what struck him about Bruce was his ability to develop &quot;integrated brand strategies that achieve substantial sales growth for a variety of brands.&quot;</p> <p>Bruce comes to Johnny Rockets as president and chief executive officer of Peter Piper Pizza, where he was hired in 2009 as its chief marketing officer. Bruce was vice president of marketing and at Wendy&#39;s as vice president of international marketing. He also held positions at Damon&#39;s Grill, Captain D&#39;s Seafood and Salsarita&#39;s Fresh Cantina.</p> <p>&quot;I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the Johnny Rockets team and excited about working with the leadership team, our employees, restaurant teams, franchise partners and suppliers to contribute to the growth and profitability of the company,&quot; said Charles Bruce.&nbsp;</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --> http://www.bluemaumau.org/14381/johnny_rockets_hires_charles_bruce_ceo#comments food casual dining CEO hire limited service restaurant restaurant Tue, 10 Mar 2015 20:39:55 +0000 Don Sniegowski 14381 at http://www.bluemaumau.org McDonald’s Sales Continue to Drop as New CEO Steps In http://www.bluemaumau.org/14380/mcdonald%E2%80%99s_sales_continue_drop_new_ceo_steps <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><img alt="" src="http://www.bluemaumau.org/sites/default/files/resize/031015_2031_McDonaldsSa1-330x332.jpg" style="float: right; height: 332px; width: 330px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" width="330" height="332" />OAK BROOK, Illinois &ndash; McDonald&#39;s Corp. (MCD) yesterday blamed February&#39;s 1.7% decline in worldwide sales on &quot;aggressive competitive activity,&quot; after last month faulting January&#39;s 1.8% drop on &quot;after-effects of food safety scandals in China and Japan.&quot;</p> <!--break--><!--break--><p>The world&#39;s largest fast food chain also announced that sales of its U.S. restaurants, opened at least 13 months, fell 4 percent in February, after growing 0.4 percent in each of the two prior months.</p> <p>In a statement released yesterday, McDonald&#39;s stated,</p> <blockquote><p>Creating consistently relevant and satisfying customer experiences have been hallmarks of McDonald&#39;s business and historic success. However, consumer needs and preferences have changed, and McDonald&#39;s current performance reflects the urgent need to evolve with today&#39;s consumers, reset strategic priorities and restore business momentum.&quot;</p> </blockquote> <p>The statement said their goal going forward is to be a true destination of choice around the world and reassert McDonald&#39;s as a modern.</p> <p>Last month&#39;s negative report by the company also brought with it a shakeup in management, hoping that could help jumpstart the giant hamburger chain. Chief executive officer Donald Thompson announced his resignation, after being in the lead position for two and a half years. Throughout his tenure, the company&#39;s stock remained stagnant. McDonald&#39;s immediately announced that Steve Easterbrook, chief brand officer, would be stepping in as CEO as of March 1, 2015.</p> <p>Fortune magazine reported yesterday that weak sales reports for February signal the challenges Easterbrook is facing. The news article stated, &quot;McDonald&#39;s has faced calls that the company&#39;s board also needs a shake up, and the company is moving to improve its image by taking high-profile steps, including only serving antibiotic-free chicken, and later this year using milk from cows not treated with an artificial growth hormone.&quot;</p> <p>Fortune stated that there were also rumors that McDonald&#39;s might even consider adding kale to its menus, although the company&#39;s spokeswoman said there wasn&#39;t any news to share on that front.</p> <p>McDonald&#39;s faces many other challenges as the new CEO takes over the helm.</p> <p>It recently has been targeted by union-organized low-wage workers in the U.S. and globally, protesting for fairer wages and benefits. The demonstrations have managed to capture the attention of not only the mainstream media, but also many government agencies.</p> <p>In late 2014, the National Labor Relations Board took unprecedented action against McDonald&#39;s accusing it of being a &quot;joint employer&quot; with its franchisees in violation of labor laws. In January, a new civil rights lawsuit was filed in Virginia, holding that McDonald&#39;s should be held responsible for the actions of its franchisees, who are discriminating against blacks and Hispanic workers. The complaint alleges that because McDonald&#39;s corporation has such control over its independent restaurant owners, it too should be held responsible for franchisees&#39; actions when they are racially motivated in firing employees and addressing them in derogatory ways.</p> <p>A spokesman for McDonald&#39;s denied the accusations, stating, &quot;The company has a long-standing history of embracing the diversity of employees, independent franchisees, customers and suppliers, and discrimination is completely inconsistent with our values.&quot;</p> <hr /> <p>Related Articles:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=4&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0CCcQFjAD&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Ffortune.com%2F2015%2F01%2F23%2Fmcdonalds-us-sales-slide%2F&amp;ei=0jL_VKyiAcrtggSJs4PgAQ&amp;usg=AFQjCNHFwdMQDfuNC5IKd7zgN-ECEp2KEg">McDonald&#39;s U.S. sales drop for fifth consecutive quarter</a> (Fortune)</li> <li><a href="http://r.search.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0LEV7wOR_9UfH0AqWIlnIlQ;_ylu=X3oDMTEzcm05ZDExBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDNwRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkA1lIUzAwNF8x/RV=2/RE=1426044814/RO=10/RU=http%3a%2f%2fwww.newindianexpress.com%2fworld%2fMcDonalds-CEO-Steps-Down-as-Sales-Decline%2f2015%2f01%2f29%2farticle2642373.ece/RK=0/RS=IOw90X_FNmIA6B4m93lVrj8kmVs-">McDonald&#39;s CEO Steps Down as Sales Decline</a> (New Indianexpress)</li> <li><a href="http://r.search.yahoo.com/_ylt=AwrTcdR8R_9U5KoAXAQlnIlQ;_ylu=X3oDMTE0b2oxM2ViBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMTUEY29sbwNncTEEdnRpZANZSFMwMDRfMQ--/RV=2/RE=1426044924/RO=10/RU=http%3a%2f%2fwww.usatoday.com%2fstory%2fmoney%2fbusiness%2f2015%2f02%2f09%2fmcdonalds-sales-slide%2f23113109%2f/RK=0/RS=hmxBQClLXDkiWwfzNcqA.Ae62dc-">McDonald&#39;s global sales slide continues Feb 09 2015</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/14327/mcdonald%E2%80%99s_franchisee_accused_civil_rights_violations_racism_harassment">McDonald&#39;s, Franchisee Ascused of Civil Rights Violation, Racism, Harassment</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --> http://www.bluemaumau.org/14380/mcdonald%E2%80%99s_sales_continue_drop_new_ceo_steps#comments food civil rights lawsuit against franchisor joint employer lawsuit NYSE:MCD Tue, 10 Mar 2015 20:31:36 +0000 Janet Sparks 14380 at http://www.bluemaumau.org