Unionizing at Starbucks

The saga over unionizing at Starbucks continues with a decision coming down from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last Friday where the company was found to have illegally fired an employee in Michigan for participating in union activism and in a labor board proceeding. The NLRB administrative judge who heard the complaint ordered Starbucks…

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Starbucks Readies Union Negotiations

Starbucks announced last week that it had sent letters to 234 unionized stores offering a three-week window for members of the union bargaining teams to come to the negotiating table. To date, only three of the 234 Starbucks stores that have unionized have begun contract negotiations. None are reported to be close to agreeing to…

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NLRB Guts Award Against Union

Seemingly without regard for the appearance of, and in further evidence of, unapologetic bias in favor of organized labor, the Atlanta Regional Office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) this week indicated its intent to reduce a previously agreed to settlement figure of over $13 million against the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA).…

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NLRB Allows Pro-Union Attire

In yet another reversal of a Trump-era policy, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled this week that Tesla was guilty of an unfair labor practice when it prohibited employees from wearing clothing at work that bears the UAW union logo. The company policy at issue is a dress code that required employees to wear…

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2022 Union Petitions Dwarf Last Year

It probably isn’t a surprise to anyone, with the Biden administration strongly pushing unionization, but the total number of union representation petitions filed in the first three quarters of this fiscal year already dwarfs the total for all of FY21. The National Labor Relations board (NLRB) this week issued a press release reporting that 1,935…

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NLRB Sues Starbucks over Firings

And as if to add an exclamation point to its unmistakable pro-union stance, the NLRB filed suit against Starbucks alleging the company was guilty of unfair labor practices in the firing of 3 former employees. The NLRB Phoenix regional office filed the action in US District Court alleging that Starbucks illegally retaliated against three of…

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Pushing Unions in the Future

With almost three years remaining in the term of President Biden, the self-proclaimed “most pro-union president ever”, organized labor is indeed making strides. One of the major forces in the federal government that can greatly influence organized labor is the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In the wake of decisions such as that reported above…

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Amending “Make Whole” Remedy?

Speaking of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), it would appear that current agency leadership would like to see new penalties applied when unfair labor practices have been confirmed. The NLRB Board decided in November that an employer was guilty of unfair labor practices in terminating 6 employees for not negotiating the terminations with the…

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Do As I Say, Not As I Do

It seems as though a couple of strong advocacy groups are using that old saying as their present day guiding light! First, let’s consider the Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC), a controversial advocacy group that fancies itself a strong employee advocacy group. The group, which is currently pushing for elimination of the entire tipping system,…

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NLRB Captures Largest Settlement Ever

The National Law Relations Board (NLRB) earlier this month announced that it had won the largest settlement in history for unfair labor practices – $76 million – and the culprit was none other than CNN! The case began back in 2003 after CNN terminated a contract with a union company (Team Video Services) and replaced…

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