Well over a hundred pro-union Starbucks employees have claimed the company fired them illegally in retaliation for union organizing.
“Red Cup Day” is the coffee giant’s biggest sales day of the year, and workers say it’s “absolutely unbearable.”
The National Labor Relations Board just asked for a “nationwide cease and desist order” barring Starbucks from firing employees for union activity.
Starbucks representatives abruptly ended the negotiations because they objected to some workers Zooming in.
A manager accused workers of kidnap and assault, but police didn’t bring charges and a spokesperson said the “allegations were not true.”
The former manager resigned in January. “I didn’t want to do illegal stuff,” he told a labor board judge.
The National Labor Relations Board is demanding that Howard Schultz apologize personally to workers for union busting tactics.
“They are firing union leaders across the country, cutting hours, bullying workers,” Starbucks Workers United told VICE News.
“I think the company realizes that we as trans partners feel particularly vulnerable at this time,” one worker said.
A Starbucks in Memphis voted decisively for a union, even after seven of its organizers were fired.
And workers are calling it “blatant and illegal retaliation.”