– National Law Journal
The Trump administration is moving forward with the expected nomination of Peter Robb, a management-side labor law attorney in Vermont, to serve as general counsel to the National Labor Relations Board. With this appointment, the agency nears a Republican majority for the first time in nearly a decade. Robb’s nomination, as a critic of several NLRB decisions under Democratic leadership, sets the stage for the new business-friendly makeup at the board to rollback Obama-era decisions in recent years.
– The Los Angeles Times
The entire sector of publicly held, mid-priced U.S. restaurant chains seems to be struggling to find its way back to growth. The brands face stagnant or slumping sales and shifts in consumers’ dining habits. All of the casual-dining chains “really have to change their game and improve everything — service, food, quality and pricing — to get customers back,” said Janet Lowder, president of the consulting firm Restaurant Management Services in Rancho Palos Verdes.
– The Atlantic
The Service Employees International Union has had unexpected success raising the minimum wage in cities across the country. But how far can they take that success without adding new union members? Left-leaning publication The Atlantic explores the challenges the SEIU faces to accomplish their minimum wages goals.
Walmart is worth half as much as Amazon but has paid 46 times more income tax since 2008 — $64 billion versus Amazon’s $1.4 billion, writes Scott Galloway, an NYU marketing professor. Amazon is worth a lot to investors, but since its founding has plowed almost all its profit back into the business: Since 2008, Walmart has earned $229 billion before tax and paid dividends; Amazon has reported just $14 billion in profit, with no annual cash payout to shareholders.