Starbucks gained more heat today for its anti-union activity. This time it was from the NLRB.
“Starbucks Corp. violated federal labor law by putting union supporters under surveillance and retaliating against them, U.S. labor board prosecutors alleged in a complaint filed on Tuesday.The coffee chain ‘has been interfering with, restraining, and coercing employees’ that have sought to exercise their rights, the National Labor Relations Board’s Phoenix regional director wrote in the filing on behalf of the agency’s general counsel. Starbucks denied the allegations.
‘We’ve been consistent in denying any claims of anti-union activity,’ Starbucks spokesperson Reggie Borges said via email. ‘They are categorically false.’
The case is one of dozens pending around the country in which the union, Workers United, has brought allegations against the company. In an emailed statement from the union, Bill Whitmire, a Starbucks employee in Phoenix, said the complaint “is the first step in holding Starbucks accountable for its unacceptable behavior during the unionizing efforts in our store and stores around the country.’
Workers United, an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union, has prevailed in six out of the seven unionization votes held at corporate-run Starbucks sites in recent months, establishing a labor foothold at the company. The group has petitioned to represent workers at over a hundred more locations.”
For the rest of the story, visit Bloomberg here.