Starbucks Workers Allege Anti-Union Firing
September 05, 2023: Starbucks workers at a Memphis, Tennessee store allege that the company fired them in retaliation for their union-organizing efforts. The workers, who are members of Workers United, say that they were fired for minor infractions, such as tardiness or absences after they began to organize.
The workers filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), alleging that Starbucks violated their right to organize by firing them. The NLRB is investigating the complaint.
This is not the first time that Starbucks has been accused of anti-union activity. In Buffalo, New York, Starbucks workers have filed multiple complaints with the NLRB alleging that the company has retaliated against them for their union organizing efforts.
The allegations of anti-union activity by Starbucks are part of a more significant trend of union suppression in the United States. In recent years, there has been a decline in union membership, and many companies have been accused of using anti-union tactics to prevent workers from organizing.
- Workers considering unionizing should be aware of the potential for retaliation from their employer.
- Workers should document any instances of retaliation, such as being fired, demoted, or harassed.
- Workers can file a complaint with the NLRB if they believe their employer violated their organization’s rights.
Practical Takeaways for Businesses:
- Businesses should avoid retaliating against workers for their union-organizing efforts.
- Businesses should respect the right of workers to organize and bargain collectively.
- Businesses should work with unions to reach a fair and mutually beneficial agreement.
The allegations of anti-union activity by Starbucks are a severe concern. Businesses should avoid retaliating against workers for their union organizing efforts and work with unions to reach a fair and mutually beneficial agreement.