Starbucks broke the law in its attempt to curb unionization, according to a US labor agency

MADRID, 2 Mar.

Starbucks broke the law in its attempt to curb unionization, according to a US labor agency


A US labor agency has ruled this Wednesday that the Starbucks company committed "egregious and widespread" violations of the country's laws in its campaign to stop unions, for which it has ordered the company to return wages and pay damages and lawsuits to workers who promoted unionization.

The more than 200-page National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling concludes that Starbucks showed "general disregard for the fundamental rights of employees" by settling a case that included 33 labor complaints. of 21 Starbucks establishments in New York, reported 'The Hill'.

In this situation, the company must post a "notice to employees" in all its facilities in the United States notifying workers of the following: "The National Labor Relations Board has determined that we have violated federal labor law."

In addition, Starbucks will have to reopen a store in Buffalo, New York, and reinstate several workers who, according to the NLRB, were fired for their union activities. Nor may it offer benefits to workers who do not join unions or exercise surveillance against employees who wear union insignia.

The NLRB's decision comes at a time when the coffee giant is facing increasing unionization efforts at its stores across the country, all as the company seeks to eliminate them.

This is not the first time the NLRB has targeted Starbucks for its anti-union practices and the right of its workers to organize. In the absence of agreements, complaints can be appealed before a federal judge. The company, which can order changes in company policies, cannot make employers compensate for previous damages caused.

For its part, the company has always denied these practices, accusing the NLRB of secretly colluding with one of the groups that organizes the workers, the Starbucks Workers United, a union elected in more than 220 of the 9,000 coffee shops that the company manages. company in the United States.

Starbucks Workers United, which has won nearly 80 per cent of the elections it has run in, has called these allegations "absurd" and a way to divert attention from the company's anti-union campaigns.