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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 NLRB decision   ALJ decision   Settlement reached   Pending/closed/other 
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NEWS & ANALYSIS


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.

NLRB Gets 1st Backing Of Starbucks Order In Circuit Court

By Emily Brill

A split D.C. Circuit panel on Thursday enforced a National Labor Relations Board order finding Starbucks violated federal labor law by barring a worker from passing out union pins, marking the first time a federal appeals court has weighed in on a board decision against the coffee giant.

NLRB Judge Finds Buffalo Starbucks Firings Illegal

By Beverly Banks

Starbucks violated federal labor law by constructively discharging a former barista in Buffalo, New York, who is now a union spokesperson, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled, while dismissing other unfair labor practice allegations against the coffee chain involving cut hours and failure to negotiate over discipline.

NLRB Defends 10(j) Tests In Starbucks High Court Dispute

By Beverly Banks

The National Labor Relations Board told the U.S. Supreme Court that Starbucks is ignoring the history of how courts use injunction standards under federal labor law, explaining to the justices that a two-part test doesn't lead to more favorable outcomes for the agency.

NLRB, Starbucks Jointly Drop Store Merger Injunction Case

By Beverly Banks

A Washington federal court approved a joint request from Starbucks and the National Labor Relations Board to dismiss an injunction case related to claims that the coffee chain tried to illegally quell organizing efforts with the consolidation of three Seattle stores.

Starbucks Illegally Removed Union Material, NLRB Judge Says

By Beverly Banks

Starbucks unlawfully took down union material posted at a cafe in Maine and disciplined a worker who wrote "stop union busting" on a whiteboard, a National Labor Relations Board judge found while dismissing other allegations that the company violated federal labor law.

Starbucks Union Breakthrough Doesn't Mean Easy Bargaining

By Braden Campbell

Starbucks and Workers United appear poised to begin bargaining in earnest after reaching a detente more than two years after the acrimonious organizing campaign kicked off, but the end of Starbucks' resistance to negotiating doesn't mean deals will follow soon.

NLRB Scales Back Proposed Remedies At LA Starbucks

By Braden Campbell

The National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday upheld a ruling that a Los Angeles Starbucks threatened to withhold raises and interrogated a worker amid a union drive, but declined to order several heightened remedies, including a broad cease-and-desist order.

Starbucks' Discipline For Joke Was Illegal, NLRB Judge Says

By Beverly Banks

Starbucks violated federal labor law by disciplining a pro-union worker at an Alabama store for a comment that was a "joke amongst [LGBTQ] friends," a National Labor Relations Board judge determined, ordering the coffee chain to reinstate the employee who was later fired.

Starbucks' Piercing Pivot Punished Union, NLRB Judge Says

By Braden Campbell

Starbucks' dress code is not illegal on its face to the extent that it bars workers from wearing union T-shirts, but the company violated federal labor law by more strictly enforcing its piercing limits after workers at a Tallahassee, Florida, store struck, a National Labor Relations Board judge said Thursday.

Starbucks Illegally Fired Wash. Worker, NLRB Judge Says

By Braden Campbell

Starbucks violated federal labor law by firing a union backer for clocking out after an emotional exchange with her boss but not by writing another supporter up over his testy attitude toward a visiting manager, a National Labor Relations Board judge said.

Starbucks, Union Signal Talks On 'Foundational Framework'

By Beverly Banks

Starbucks and Workers United announced Tuesday that they have agreed to move the needle on talks for a "foundational framework" related to collective bargaining and resolving litigation, saying both sides discussed a "constructive path forward" amid mediation related to a federal trademarks case.

Starbucks Says Comments On Union Views Not Defamatory

By Caleb Drickey

Starbucks urged a Pennsylvania federal court to toss claims that it defamed a union by framing it as favoring violence and terrorism, arguing that the challenged statements were expressions of opinion that could not be disproved and thus could not be defamatory.

Starbucks' Store Closure Threat Is Illegal, NLRB Judge Says

By Beverly Banks

Starbucks legally reduced a pro-union employee's hours, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled, dismissing other unfair labor practice claims but holding that the coffee giant did unlawfully threaten possible closure of stores if workers unionized.

NLRB Denies Starbucks' Appeal Over Sanctions Threat

By Beverly Banks

The National Labor Relations Board denied a challenge by Starbucks to an agency judge's order mentioning a potential recommendation to "admonish or reprimand" the company's counsel at Littler Mendelson PC over subpoena compliance, with one board member calling for specifics on alleged misconduct.