Aug 18, 2022

Starbucks ordered to reinstate fired Memphis staff

A US judge ordered Starbucks to reinstate seven workers in Tennessee who say they were sacked in retaliation for pro-union activity. Starbucks dismissed the seven staff members in Memphis in February. In the months since, organisers for the union Starbucks Workers United have accused Starbucks of firing more than 75 pro-union staff across the country, which they allege is part of a wider crackdown intended to stop their movement. Starbucks has said it fired the workers for breaking company rules, including letting non-staff into the store after closing. Since the union campaign launched last year, staff at roughly 220 Starbucks stores across the US have voted to join a union, giving them the power to negotiate pay, benefits and other work conditions collectively.

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