U.S. Supreme Court Rules For Starbucks In Union-Busting Case

U.S. Supreme Court Rules For Starbucks In Union-Busting Case

A ruling has been handed down from the nation’s highest court on the firing of pro-union Starbucks workers in Memphis.

The Washington Post reports:

“The Supreme Court ruled Thursday to restrict the National Labor Relations Board’s authority to obtain relief for fired union activists, in a win for Starbucks that could deal a blow to labor organizing efforts.

In April, the justices heard Starbucks’s challenge to a federal district court’s 2022 decision to order the coffee retailer to reinstate a group of seven baristas who claimed Starbucks fired them from a Memphis store in retaliation for union-organizing.

The Seattle-based coffee giant says the move to fire the Memphis workers was within its rights under the law because the workers violated company policy by inviting a TV news crew into the store after hours. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) agreed at the time with the workers’ claim that Starbucks had illegally fired them, and a court granted an injunction forcing Starbucks to rehire the workers.

But the Supreme Court found that the legal test the district court used to make that decision was too broad and inconsistent with other regional courts. Eight justices supported the majority decision, written by Justice Clarence Thomas, to restrict how courts determine whether to grant relief for unions when companies are accused of violating labor law. Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson wrote a separate opinion concurring with the majority, but dissenting on several portions of the ruling.”

For the rest of the story, visit The Washington Post here.

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