Daily Column – 8th December 2021

Earlier this week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) denied Starbucks’ request to postpone a union election at three of its outlets in the Buffalo region. On the plus side for the corporation, the National Labor Relations Board spelled their name correctly.

The failed last-ditch attempt to halt the election means that Starbucks will now have to wait for the results of the union vote tally that will take place on Thursday. For all three sites, ballots must be returned by today; each store will hold its own election.

Starbucks had asked for a delay in order to allow for such “store-by-store” elections to take place separately. Starbucks contended that a union vote should be regional in scope and include all 20 of the firm’s outlets in the region, a move that would benefit the company because union organisers would have to acquire a considerably higher number of votes than they would otherwise.

Buffalo is the focus of everyone’s attention.

Despite the fact that the organising movement is limited to only three businesses (with a total of around 100 employees), it has garnered widespread media attention. Sen. Bernie Sanders and scores of Starbucks corporate officials have thrown their support behind the unionisation push, which has garnered widespread attention and support. If any of the three elections is successful, the site will become the first corporate-run Starbucks store in the United States to unionise. (Another name suggestion: Steamsters.) I’m just throwing it out there for discussion.)

Starbucks, a multinational corporation with 9,000 corporate-owned stores in the United States, has expended a colossal amount of resources to prevent the unionisation movement.

Rossann Williams, the president of Starbucks North America, paid a visit to a Buffalo branch in September and immediately began sweeping the floors.
Former CEO Howard Schultz delivered an unusual speech to employees in the Buffalo area just four days before the election ballots were shipped out.
Starbucks shifted a number of employees who were eligible to vote to two of its Buffalo locations. According to Starbucks, one store, which had approximately 20 eligible employees who were unanimously in support of unionising in August, now has 46 eligible employees, up from roughly 20 in August.
Extend your view: In 2020, only 10.8 percent of the United States workers belonged to a union, and companies would prefer it to remain that way (or less). Kellogg’s, one of several corporations in the United States that have been hit by a strike by unionised employees in recent months, said on Tuesday that it will permanently replace the striking staff.

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