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Howard Schultz urges Starbucks executives to step up ‘union busting’ in leaked video

Starbucks billionaire Howard Schultz has called for local and regional managers at his coffee chain to step in and help the Seattle-based coffee giant fight a rising tide of unionization.

Newly leaked video obtained from the Pro-worker news site More Perfect Union shows that Schultz — who took the reins as interim CEO last month — and another top executive are begging managers to “take their role… of being anti-union from us across the country.”

Rossann Williams, Starbucks president for North America, told managers in the same video that convincing employees to vote “no” is “your first responsibility.”

“Take on your role as branch manager [and] Make sure your partners get balanced information about what’s going on — especially in this role where we’re anti-union across the country,” Williams said.

Schultz encouraged managers to communicate the company’s position to employees so they “understand what it really means to vote for a union.”

The interim CEO said it was “vitally important” that all employees vote. He then accused Starbucks Workers United of inducing other workers not to vote.

“Well, there are stories – I wasn’t there – but there are stories that people may have been bullied not to vote,” Schultz said. He gave no specifics or details to back up the claim.

Schultz, the man credited with building the chain into a global empire and who recently temporarily took over the helm, has embarked on a nationwide tour of Starbuck stores to dissuade employees from unionizing to organize.

So far, employees at 26 Starbucks locations across the country have voted to join a union.
So far, employees at 26 Starbucks locations across the country have voted to join a union.
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Earlier this week, workers at five Starbucks restaurants in Richmond, Virginia, voted to join a union – bringing the total number of unionized locations to 26. To date, 15 of these stores have been certified by the National Labor Relations Board.

Workers at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle — the city where the company is headquartered — also voted to organize. according to the Seattle Times.

Schultz has urged employees to shun organized labor, saying the company offers generous benefits without union help.
Schultz has urged employees to shun organized labor, saying the company offers generous benefits without union help.
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Employees at 218 other Starbucks locations have applied to the NLRB to join a union.

Corresponding More perfect unionStarbucks Workers United has filed more than 80 complaints about unfair labor practices against the company.

Starbucks, which owns and operates about 9,000 locations across the United States, has been accused of firing pro-union baristas and reprimanding other workers who were also active in the organized labor campaign.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/22/howard-schultz-prods-starbucks-managers-to-step-up-union-busting-in-leaked-video/ Howard Schultz urges Starbucks executives to step up ‘union busting’ in leaked video

DUSTIN JONES

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