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NLRB dismisses Starbucks charge against union organizers

The National Labor Relations Board has dismissed a charge Starbucks filed against union organizers in Phoenix, saying there is insufficient evidence that pro-union workers blocked store entrances or intimidated customers throughout a spring rally.

Seattle-based Starbucks filed the charge with the labor board in April. The business contended that pro-union workers violated U.S. labor law by threatening workers and customers a Phoenix Starbucks store.

The business claimed workers blocked the store’s entrances, made threats, yelled profanities and pounded on the stores windows.

However in a letter to the business late the other day, the regional director of the NLRB in Phoenix, Cornele Overstreet, dismissed the charge. Overstreet said his investigation showed that demonstrators remained on the sidewalk and didnt touch any employees, customers or vehicles.

Starbucks said Monday it’ll appeal.

We disagree the NLRBs ruling and can appeal once we continue our efforts to safeguard our partners and invite because of their voice to be heard, the business said in a statement.

The charge was among just two that Starbucks has filed against Workers United because the union began organizing U.S. Starbucks stores late this past year, based on the NLRB. In comparison, Workers United has filed a lot more than 250 unfair labor practice charges against Starbucks, which opposes unionization.

A lot more than 200 of Starbucks’ 9,000 company-owned U.S. stores have voted to unionize since last December. Workers at the Phoenix store voted never to unionize in early May.

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