Feb 8, 2022
Starbucks fires organisers as union threat grows
Starbucks has fired a number of workers leading efforts to organise a union in Tennessee, one of more than 50 such drives it is facing across the US.The coffee chain said the staff had knowingly violated company rules, including by using a store after-hours. Starbucks spokesman Reggie Borges rejected claims of retaliation, noting that the firm has not stopped staff involved in the ongoing union efforts from speaking out. Starbucks Workers United, which has been helping to spearhead efforts, said that it planned to file charges over the seven firings at the store in Memphis with the National Labor Relations Board, which enforces US labour laws. Starbucks has opposed the unionisation efforts in Tennessee, which it said would make it less able to respond quickly to worker concerns. The company recently told investors that efforts to keep and train staff were weighing on its bottom line.
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