By Beverly Banks
Starbucks violated federal labor law by disciplining a pro-union worker at an Alabama store for a comment that was a "joke amongst [LGBTQ] friends," a National Labor Relations Board judge determined, ordering the coffee chain to reinstate the employee who was later fired.
By Braden Campbell
Starbucks' dress code is not illegal on its face to the extent that it bars workers from wearing union T-shirts, but the company violated federal labor law by more strictly enforcing its piercing limits after workers at a Tallahassee, Florida, store struck, a National Labor Relations Board judge said Thursday.
Starbucks violated federal labor law by firing a union backer for clocking out after an emotional exchange with her boss but not by writing another supporter up over his testy attitude toward a visiting manager, a National Labor Relations Board judge said.
Starbucks and Workers United announced Tuesday that they have agreed to move the needle on talks for a "foundational framework" related to collective bargaining and resolving litigation, saying both sides discussed a "constructive path forward" amid mediation related to a federal trademarks case.
By Caleb Drickey
Starbucks urged a Pennsylvania federal court to toss claims that it defamed a union by framing it as favoring violence and terrorism, arguing that the challenged statements were expressions of opinion that could not be disproved and thus could not be defamatory.
Starbucks legally reduced a pro-union employee's hours, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled, dismissing other unfair labor practice claims but holding that the coffee giant did unlawfully threaten possible closure of stores if workers unionized.
The National Labor Relations Board denied a challenge by Starbucks to an agency judge's order mentioning a potential recommendation to "admonish or reprimand" the company's counsel at Littler Mendelson PC over subpoena compliance, with one board member calling for specifics on alleged misconduct.
Starbucks illegally threatened a lead union organizer in Florida, the National Labor Relations Board concluded Wednesday, tossing Starbucks' claim that it didn't violate federal labor law because there wasn't an explicit threat of retaliation.
Workers United accused Starbucks of posting statements with actual malice that relate to the union's now-deleted tweet saying "Solidarity with Palestine," telling a Pennsylvania federal court that the coffee chain implied that the union "committed a felony."
By Emily Brill
A Starbucks cafe in upstate New York violated federal labor law by telling workers they'd lose access to free college tuition and be paid less if they unionized, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled.
Starbucks violated federal labor law by questioning a worker about unionization at an Illinois cafe and later firing two pro-union employees, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled, saying the company's terminations of the workers for using profanity didn't match up with past practice.
By Nadia Dreid
The D.C. Circuit seemed split Friday morning on whether Starbucks had stepped on labor law by barring a worker from passing out pro-union pins on the store floor during company time, which the manager said included paid breaks.
Starbucks was within its rights to fire a pro-union worker and did not unlawfully interrogate employees or surveil strikers at a Kansas store, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled, while nevertheless finding the company illegally barred discussions about the union.
Starbucks violated federal labor law 20 times at a string of unionizing shops in western New York, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled, saying the company fired Workers United supporters, implied it would close stores due to unionization and blamed the union for staffing issues.
By Joyce Hanson
Starbucks has urged a Michigan federal judge to deny the National Labor Relations Board's request to force the company to rehire two fired workers, saying the board doesn't have the right to interfere with the coffee chain's managerial decisions.
By Tim Ryan
A National Labor Relations Board judge has recommended a redo in a union representation election at a Colorado Starbucks, saying the coffee giant tainted a 2022 vote by questioning workers about their union support and threatening their future raises and benefits.
A Starbucks worker's decertification election petition at an Oregon cafe can't proceed, a National Labor Relations Board regional director determined, saying a separate refusal to bargain case prevents the vote from happening at this time.
A Starbucks worker can't have a vote to decertify Workers United at a Maryland store, a National Labor Relations Board official determined Monday, saying the ouster bid must be dismissed under board precedent.
Starbucks violated federal labor law when managers at three of its stores in Seattle questioned workers about a coming strike, a National Labor Relations Board judge has ruled, saying the managers did not assure workers they would not face punishment based on their answers.
Workers United's campaign to unionize Starbucks was far slower in 2023 than in its explosive 2022, but it continued to secure representation elections at a steady clip, winning at even higher rates than in the campaign's early days, according to an analysis of National Labor Relations Board elections data.