PHOENIX (AP) — Federal labor officials have asked a judge to force Starbucks Corp. to reinstate three union activists at its Phoenix site, alleging the coffee giant was engaging in unfair labor practices, documents show.
The Phoenix regional director of the National Labor Relations Board, in a Friday filing in U.S. District Court in Arizona, sought an injunction that would force Starbucks to rehire its three employees — who were three of the four organizing committee members. union.
The NLRB petition is the latest blow to the coffee chain as sites across the country seek to unionize. Workers at the Seattle flagship site voted Thursday to form a union, as did baristas in Colorado on Friday.
In Phoenix, federal labor officials say Starbucks retaliated after learning employees were seeking to unionize.
“Among other things, Starbucks disciplined, suspended and terminated one employee, constructively terminated another and placed a third on unpaid leave after revoking recently granted accommodations,” the filing said.
A Starbucks spokesperson said Saturday the company disagrees with the labor board’s accusations and noted that an investigation found employees violated policies and, in some cases, state law.
After the Seattle site’s vote, Reggie Borges, a Starbucks spokesperson, said, “We will respect process and negotiate in good faith. We hope the union will do the same.
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