Tens of millions of people who would like to be in a union aren’t. So what gives?
This: Management is alleged to break the law (labor law, so it’s treated as if it really doesn’t count) in 39% of union elections, according to an Economic Policy Institute analysis of National Labor Relations Board election data from 2019 to 2022. How so?
- Depending if you use a narrow or a broad definition of illegal firings conducted during union drives, they happen in anywhere from 14% to 24% of union elections.
- Employers were charged with illegally coercing, threatening, or retaliating against union supporters in 27% of union elections.
These things were more, not less, common in cases where the bargaining unit would involve 50 or more workers, which even means that it’s not mostly Starbucks management.
● More on how the fast food industry lied to voters to keep a pro-worker law from going into effect. Suhauna Hussain reports at the Los Angeles Times.
● Apple officials violated worker rights, labor officials say. That’s from Josh Eidelson at Bloomberg.
Sign and send the petition to Starbucks company leadership and board: Stop union-busting and sign the Fair Election Principles.
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