Mar 2, 2023

Starbucks illegally fired US workers over union, judge rules

Starbucks illegally fired six workers in New York state in a pushback against unions, a US National Labor Relations Board judge has ruled. "We believe the decision and the remedies ordered are inappropriate given the record in this matter and are considering all options to obtain further legal review," Starbucks told the BBC. In a more than 200 page decision, Michael A Rosas, who is a federal administrative law judge, also ordered Starbucks to rehire another worker that he ruled had been illegally forced out of their job. Mr Rosas said Starbucks had showed "a general disregard for the employees' fundamental rights" in response to union campaigns. Last year, workers at around 270 of Starbucks stores across the US voted to join unions, despite opposition from the firm. Starbucks has around 9,000 company-owned stores in the US. Union campaigners have accused the company of dragging its feet at the bargaining table and violating labour laws as it tries to shut down the movement.

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