Starbucks launches aggressive anti-union effort as upstate New York stores organize

Starbucks launches aggressive anti-union effort as upstate New York stores organize
November 23, 2021 (theguardian.com)
Richard Bensinger, left, and baristas discuss their efforts to unionize three Buffalo-area stores at the movement’s headquarters in New York. Photograph: Carolyn Thompson/AP
Starbucks has launched an aggressive anti-union campaign as six stores in the Buffalo, New York, area have filed for union elections with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in recent weeks. If successful, the stores would be the first Starbucks corporate locations to unionize in the US.Workers at the coffee chain have reported numerous captive audience meetings, one-on-one talks, store shutdowns, closures, remodelings, and text messages – a mode of contact that was previously used only for emergencies. Dozens of corporate executives have flooded stores with the intent to deter workers from voting to unionize, workers say.The billionaire former Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz visited Buffalo to present a case against unionizing to workers on 6 November and incited criticism for making an analogy to the Holocaust in discussing the company’s mission.

How have the Starbucks Workers United reacted? 

They filed an unfair labor practice charge with the NLRB on 4 November over Starbucks’ conduct during the union campaign.
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