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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A federal judge is ordering Starbucks to
reinstate seven employees in Memphis who were fired earlier this
year after leading an effort to unionize their store.
In a decision issued Thursday, U.S. District Judge Sheryl Lipman
agreed with the National Labor Relations Board, which had asked
the court to intervene in May. The labor board said Starbucks
violated U.S. labor law by interfering in workers' right to
Lipman’s decision requires Starbucks to offer to reinstate the
employees within five days. Starbucks will also be required to
post the court order in the Memphis store.
Starbucks said Thursday it strongly disagrees with the court
order and will appeal. It will also request a stay of the
opinion, which would delay the reinstatement of the employees
while the appeal is considered.
The case has been among the most closely watched in the
unionization effort at Starbucks. Since late last year, more
than 220 U.S. Starbucks stores — including the Memphis store —
have voted to unionize. Starbucks opposes the unionization
Starbucks fired the seven employees in early February, citing
safety. The Seattle coffee giant said the employees violated
company policy by reopening a store after closing time and
inviting non-employees — including a television crew — to come
inside and move throughout the store.
“These individuals violated numerous policies and failed to
maintain a secure work environment and safety standards,” the
company said in a statement Thursday. “Interest in a union does
not exempt partners from following policies that are in place to
protect partners, our customers and the communities we serve.”
But the NLRB and the fired workers told the court that Starbucks
had routinely tolerated off-duty employees and non-employees
remaining in the store after hours to make drinks, collect
belongings or assist each other.
“Such tolerance before union activity, but terminations
resulting thereafter, supports an inference of discriminatory
motive," the judge wrote.
The NLRB had begun administrative proceedings against Starbucks,
saying the company was unlawfully interfering in workers’ right
to organize. But those proceedings can take so long that the
NLRB asked the federal court for an immediate injunction
requiring Starbucks to reinstate the workers.
“Today’s federal court decision ordering Starbucks to reinstate
the seven unlawfully fired Starbucks workers in Memphis is a
crucial step in ensuring that these workers, and all Starbucks
workers, can freely exercise their right to join together to
improve their working conditions and form a union,” the labor
board’s General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo said in a statement.
“Starbucks, and other employers, should take note that the NLRB
will continue to vigorously protect workers’ right to organize
without interference from their employer.”
One of the workers, Beto Sanchez, said he and his colleagues
have suffered financial distress since they were fired, and he
has had to work several jobs. Sanchez said he was so surprised
after receiving a text about the favorable ruling that he
dropped his phone.
“We’ve had a lot of tough moments, but we kept fighting each
day,” Sanchez said. “It feels like all the hard work has paid
off during all those months, and we’re just really happy.”
The NLRB has filed a separate federal court case in New York
seeking the reinstatement of seven pro-union workers who were
fired from a store in Buffalo. A decision in that case is
The agency lost a similar case in Arizona in June, when a
federal judge declined to order Starbucks to reinstate three