Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Starbucks settles labor charges


From the Seattle Times blog Coffee City:
Starbucks signed a settlement with the National Labor Relations Board last
week agreeing to let Minneapolis-area employees post union materials in their
break areas and discuss union issues while on the job, as long as it doesn't
interfere with their performance.

The settlement does not include financial payment, and it will not be final until the NLRB decides whether to address objections to the settlement by union organizers at the Industrial Workers of the World, according to Marlin Osthus, acting director of the NLRB's upper midwest region office.

The IWW initiated the complaints that led to the settlement and, according to a press release, considers it a victory at this point.

It's Starbucks' sixth labor settlement in three years and its second in Minneapolis. In December, the coffee chain also lost a battle in administrative-law court when a judge determined that Starbucks had unfairly imposed work rules on employees who supported the IWW.
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