Members reacted to the Starbucks union vote in Buffalo, New York, USA on December 9, 2021.
Lindsay DeDario | Reuters
U.S. Labor officials are suing a federal court to force the return of activists who were fired by Starbucks for their union campaign, according to a document Friday.
The head of the Phoenix National Labor Relations Council is seeking a ruling against Starbucks that would require the reinstatement of three employees who were allegedly illegally released, forced or unpaid leave.
This presentation is the latest in a long and costly legal battle between a union campaign and a global coffee chain.
Since August, more than 200 Starbucks locations have filed for unionization with Workers United, an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union. So far, 24 stores have voted in favor of unionization, so far only two stores have voted against it.
But tensions have risen between the two sides, with each accusing him of breaking the law. Workers United has filed dozens of lawsuits in the NLRB against Starbucks for allegedly retaliating, harassing, and firing organizers in cafes across the country. The government agency has also filed complaints against Starbucks.
For its part, Starbucks filed two complaints this week with the NLRB alleging that the union that organizes its baristas violated federal labor law. Starbucks did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Friday’s document states that Starbucks retaliated against three employees after learning that their employees were involved in union activity. “Immediate mandatory relief is needed to prevent the employer from profiting from his illegal conduct nationwide,” NLRB Director Cornele Overstreet said in a statement.
– Amelia Lucas of CNBC contributed to this report.
The U.S. Labor Commission is suing Starbucks over claims of union retaliation
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