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Starbucks: we expect the NLRB to help us bust unions

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Encouraging news about Joe Biden’s National Labor Relations Board:

Eight months into the largest unionization push in the company’s history, Starbucks says the federal agency in charge of managing union elections has been unfairly [sic] helping workers unionize.

Starbucks said Monday that officials with the National Labor Relations Board aided pro-union workers in an election in the Kansas City area, asserting that similar misconduct happened in Seattle and Buffalo, New York. The company requested the agency suspend all mail-ballot elections in the U.S.

The Seattle-based coffee giant claims labor board officials arranged for in-person voting in NLRB offices during mail-in elections, gave the Workers United union confidential information about vote counts and collaborated with the union to increase pro-union votes.

Relations between Starbucks and the fledgling union movement have grown increasingly acrimonious since December, when workers in Buffalo became the first in decades to form a union at a corporate-owned Starbucks store. Howard Schultz, now serving his third stint as the company’s CEO, has long contended Starbucks workers don’t need union representation and recently told a New York Times interviewer that the company doesn’t believe “a third party should lead our people.

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