Labor board charges Starbucks with another big labor law violation, this week in the war on workers

Labor board charges Starbucks with another big labor law violation, this week in the war on workers

The National Labor Relations Board has issued yet another complaint against Starbucks for breaking labor laws as it attempts to break its workers’ will to organize and fight for better working conditions and more respect in the workplace. 

This is far from the first NLRB charge against Starbucks, with many focusing on the company’s pattern of obvious retaliatory firings of union activists. In this case, though, the issue is that Starbucks responded to the unionization wave at stores across the country by announcing pay and benefit increases for workers only at non-union stores. Company management claimed they couldn’t extend the increases to union workers unilaterally—but then refused to give those workers a raise after the union said it would be just fine. It’s an obvious union-busting tactic: “You get a raise if you don’t get a union,” but Starbucks somehow expected it to fly.

The NLRB is calling on Starbucks to provide the affected workers back pay and benefits and to have CEO Howard Schultz read a statement, on video, about union rights. If Starbucks refuses to settle, the case will go before an administrative law judge in October.

● Sweet!

VICTORY: We voted and WE WON! We, the workers at REI in Berkeley, are proud to announce we have voted YES to unionize with @ufcw5. The official vote, tallied by the National Labor Relations Board, was 56 to 38.

— REI Union Berkeley (@reiunionberk) August 25, 2022

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● Biggest influx of union workers isn’t from Starbucks—Starbucks accounts for a lot of wins, but since each store only has an average of less than 30 workers, the overall number of workers is not huge.


Delta is the last major U.S. airline without a flight attendants’ union. But not for long — workers are organizing a massive drive to unionize with @deltaafa. We spoke to one worker who flipped from anti-union to pro-union. Here’s what changed her mind.

— More Perfect Union (@MorePerfectUS) August 24, 2022

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