Judge rules Starbucks must rehire employees fired over unionizing attempt

A Starbucks location in Memphis, Tennessee, must rehire seven workers who were fired for attempting to unionize the store, a federal judge has ruled.

Judge Sheryl Lipman ruled on Thursday that Starbucks must offer the staff members their jobs within five days and post the court order in the store.

The labor board’s statement

“Today’s federal court decision ordering Starbucks to reinstate the seven unlawfully fired Starbucks workers in Memphis is a crucial step in ensuring that these workers, and all Starbucks workers, can freely exercise their right to join together to improve their working conditions and form a union,” the labor board’s general counsel, Jennifer Abruzzo, said in a statement.

“Starbucks, and other employers, should take note that the NLRB will continue to vigorously protect workers’ right to organize without interference from their employer,” she added.

Starbucks responds

“We strongly disagree with the judge’s ruling in this case,” a Starbucks spokesman, Reggie Borges told the Washington Post.

“These individuals violated numerous policies and failed to maintain a secure work environment and safety standards. Interest in a union does not exempt partners from following policies that are in place to protect partners, our customers and the communities we serve,” he added.

The case highlights the issues involved with large corporations facing efforts to unionize at the local level.

The left’s union influences add additional requirements that make businesses more difficult to run in an already difficult economy.

The move also shows Starbucks may push liberal policies but doesn’t like it when others try to do the same through union efforts against them.

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