Starbucks ULP Tracker

National Labor Relations Board attorneys have filed more than 100 unfair labor practice complaints against Starbucks in connection with a union organizing drive at the coffee chain.

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NEWS & ANALYSIS


NLRB Attys Say Mich. Starbucks Injunction Row Must Proceed

By Beverly Banks

The U.S. Supreme Court's pending decision over a National Labor Relations Board injunction standard shouldn't pause a Michigan federal court case against Starbucks seeking reinstatement of fired employees, the board argued Monday, saying a stay would be detrimental to the workers' interests.

2nd Circ. Calls Starbucks' Union Discovery Order 'Overbroad'

By Gina Kim

The Second Circuit on Wednesday revived the National Labor Relations Board's suit seeking to halt Starbucks' alleged labor violations nationwide, finding that the lower court erred in tossing the suit for noncompliance with its "overbroad" discovery order granting the coffee chain's subpoenas seeking confidential union intel and workers' communications.

Starbucks Fired Worker Over Early Closure, NLRB Judge Says

By Tim Ryan

Starbucks unlawfully fired a worker who closed a store early in protest of staffing issues, a National Labor Relations Board judge held Friday, saying the action was a protected strike and that the worker did not lose the protection of federal labor law during heated conversations with managers.

NLRB Judge Finds 'Serious' ULPs At 2 Ohio Starbucks Stores

By Beverly Banks

Starbucks committed "serious and widespread unfair labor practices" at two stores in Cleveland where union organizing campaigns were underway, a National Labor Relations Board judge concluded, finding the coffee chain must read a notice to workers about their rights.

Split NLRB Finds Starbucks Made Threat To Wis. Worker

By Beverly Banks

A Starbucks manager unlawfully threatened a worker while discussing a Workers United organizing campaign at a Wisconsin cafe, a divided National Labor Relations Board determined, with the board's lone Republican finding what the manager said didn't rise to the level of a threat or interrogation.

Starbucks Wants NLRB Injunction Bid To Wait On High Court

By Emily Brill

A Michigan federal judge should wait on deciding whether to issue an injunction against Starbucks in a wrongful firing case out of Ann Arbor, the company argued, saying the U.S. Supreme Court must first decide a case concerning how injunctions are dispensed to National Labor Relations Board prosecutors.

NLRB Official Tosses Starbucks Union Ouster Bid In Mich.

By Beverly Banks

A Starbucks worker in Michigan can't proceed with a bid to oust the Workers United union, a National Labor Relations Board regional director determined, finding that pending refusal-to-bargain claims block the petition from moving ahead for now.

NLRB Says Starbucks Withheld Info About NJ Store Closures

By Tim Ryan

Starbucks violated federal labor law by delaying its response to Workers United's request for information about temporary closures of a New Jersey store, the National Labor Relations Board ruled Thursday.

NLRB Affirms Dismissal Of Starbucks Union Ouster Bids

By Beverly Banks

The National Labor Relations Board backed dismissals of decertification petitions from Starbucks workers at two stores, with the board's lone Republican member noting the consideration of delays in processing unfair labor practice cases when weighing the toss of ouster bids.

NLRB Judge Seeks Cause In Starbucks, Union Postpone Bid

By Beverly Banks

A National Labor Relations Board judge asked agency prosecutors Wednesday to show cause related to a request from Starbucks and Workers United to postpone hearing dates this month over refusal to bargain claims, while the parties mention ongoing talks to settle board litigation.

Starbucks, Union Tout 'Significant Progress' In Contract Talks

By Beverly Banks

Starbucks and Workers United "made significant progress" in collective bargaining negotiations this past week, the parties announced Friday, with experts telling Law360 that the contract talks are a starting point, but the details of these negotiations remain to be seen.

Starbucks Illegally Barred Recording, NLRB Judge Says

By Beverly Banks

Starbucks violated federal labor law by barring a worker from recording a disciplinary meeting and later terminating that pro-union employee from a store near St. Louis, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled Thursday, calling for the coffee chain to reinstate the barista and make them whole.

9th Circ. Says NLRB Can Enforce Starbucks Bargaining Order

By Rachel Riley

The Ninth Circuit said Wednesday that Starbucks must recognize its Seattle roastery workers' April 2022 vote to unionize, overruling the coffee giant's contention that ballots should have been cast in person and concluding a National Labor Relations Board manager had discretion to call the mail-in election because of COVID-19 case counts at the time.

Justices Probe NLRB's Burden In Starbucks' Injunction Appeal

By Braden Campbell

The U.S. Supreme Court appears likely to hold that the courts' traditional factors apply when the National Labor Relations Board pursues injunctions, though it's unclear from Tuesday's argument how closely it will direct courts to examine a key factor: the strength of the board's case.

Starbucks Threatened Unionizing Hawaii Baristas, NLRB Says

By Emily Brill

Starbucks violated federal labor law when it told workers at a Hawaii cafe that they could miss out on a raise and lose the ability to pick up shifts at other stores if they unionized, the National Labor Relations Board held Wednesday, upholding an agency judge's ruling.

Union, Workers Fight Subpoena Order Over NY Starbucks

By Beverly Banks

Workers United and former Starbucks employees objected to a federal judge's order to comply with a subpoena of communications about workers' sentiments toward the union at a Long Island, New York, store, arguing the company's information bids run counter to workers' confidentiality and privacy rights.

Starbucks Warns Of Open 'Floodgates' With NLRB Deference

By Beverly Banks

Starbucks told the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday that siding with the National Labor Relations Board's arguments about deference to the agency for federal court injunction requests would "open the floodgates" in other ways for deference to federal agencies.

Starbucks Tells Judge Union Dealings Aren't 'Mission Critical'

By Rachel Riley

Starbucks denied Friday that complying with federal labor law was "mission critical" to its business as it urged a Washington state judge to dismiss a shareholder suit accusing company leaders of union busting, which they say tanked Starbucks' reputation.

Scholars Back Lower Bar For NLRB Injunction At High Court

By Emily Brill

A group of labor law professors defended the National Labor Relations Board's ability to dodge certain injunction requirements placed on private parties in a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, recommending the justices side with the agency over Starbucks in a dispute about how the NLRB obtains injunctions.

Union, Workers Must Comply With Starbucks' Subpoenas

By Beverly Banks

Workers United and a fired Starbucks employee must comply with subpoenas seeking information about workers' sentiments toward the union at a Long Island cafe following the worker's termination, a New York magistrate judge ruled, finding no confidentiality concerns.