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NLRB rejects Starbucks accusation against union organizers


The National Labor Relations Commission dismissed a charge Starbucks made against Phoenix union organizers, saying there was insufficient evidence that pro-union workers were blocking store entrances or intimidating customers during walk-outs. a spring gathering.

Seattle-based Starbucks filed a complaint with the labor board in April. The company claimed the pro-union workers violated US labor laws by threatening workers and customers at a Phoenix Starbucks store.

The company said workers blocked store entrances, made threats, shouted profanities and banged on store windows.

But in a letter to the company late last week, NLRB Phoenix regional director Cornele Overstreet denied the charge. Overstreet said its investigation showed protesters stayed on the sidewalk and did not hit any employees, customers or vehicles.

Starbucks announced Monday that it would appeal.

“We disagree with the NLRB’s decision and will appeal as we continue our efforts to protect our partners and allow their voices to be heard,” the company said in a statement.

The charge was one of only two Starbucks has filed against Workers United since the union began organizing US Starbucks stores late last year, according to the NLRB. In contrast, Workers United has filed more than 250 unfair labor practice charges against Starbucks, which opposes unionization.

More than 200 of the 9,000 US stores owned by Starbucks have voted to unionize since last December. Workers at the Phoenix store voted against unionization in early May.

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