Sanders Moves to Subpoena Starbucks CEO Over Rampant Union Busting

“Sadly, Mr. Schultz has given us no selection however to subpoena him,” Sanders mentioned.

Senate Well being, Training, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chair Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) introduced on Wednesday that he’s organising a vote on subpoenaing Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz after Schultz refused Sanders’s request to testify concerning the firm’s rampant union busting final month.

Sanders mentioned that Schultz’s avoidance of the request has “given us no selection however to subpoena him” and that the committee will resolve whether or not or to not challenge a subpoena to power Schultz to look on March 8.

The committee may even vote on authorizing a committee investigation into company union busting, based on a press release from Sanders’s workplace. The votes will likely be adopted by a listening to on employee rights, which is able to characteristic testimony from AFL-CIO president Liz Schuler, Service Workers Worldwide Union (SEIU) president Mary Kay Henry and Teamsters president Sean O’Brien.

“For almost a yr, I and lots of of my colleagues within the Senate have repeatedly requested Mr. Schultz to respect the constitutional proper of employees at Starbucks to type a union and to cease violating federal labor legal guidelines,” Sanders mentioned in an announcement. “Mr. Schultz has failed to reply to these requests. He has denied assembly and doc requests, skirted congressional oversight makes an attempt, and refused to reply any of the intense questions we’ve got requested.”

“Sadly, Mr. Schultz has given us no selection however to subpoena him,” Sanders continued. “A multi-billion greenback company like Starbucks can’t proceed to interrupt federal labor regulation with impunity. The time has come to carry Starbucks and Mr. Schultz accountable.”

Sanders is assured that the vote will be successful, and has advised reporters that it’s going to get the help of not solely Democrats, but additionally Republicans on the committee. The committee is taking a look at March 15 for Schultz to look.

In February, Schultz turned down a request from Sanders to testify earlier than the committee at a deliberate listening to concerning the firm’s union busting, which has come into sharp focus during the last two years as the employees have led a groundbreaking union marketing campaign that has seen 286 shops voting to unionize to this point. Sanders pledged that he would transfer to subpoena Schultz, which might solely be performed within the HELP Committee with a majority vote.

Starbucks employees have been elevating the alarm concerning the firm’s union busting, and have mentioned that the three-time CEO was introduced again final yr particularly to quell the union drive. Up to now, the Nationwide Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued greater than 60 complaints of alleged unlawful union busting in opposition to the corporate, encompassing over 1,200 violations and incomes the title of “one of many worst violators of federal labor regulation in historical past,” as Starbucks Employees United says.

The corporate is now going through one other rebel from its employees — however this time, from its white-collar company workers. As first reported by Bloomberg, dozens of company workers and managers have signed an open letter to executives and board members protesting the corporate’s union busting and its return-to-office mandate. The employees say that morale across the workplace is “at an all time low” and that the supposedly progressive picture that the corporate has created is liable to crumbling, if it hasn’t already. No less than one employee who signed the letter has mentioned that, if the corporate refuses to take heed to the letter, unionization is on the desk.

“After Howard issued his edict, I undoubtedly didn’t really feel good working for Starbucks any extra — it felt like I’m working for a dictator,” Starbucks app developer and letter signer Peter de Jesus advised Bloomberg. “I really feel like this isn’t the Starbucks that I signed on for.”

“If it doesn’t result in any significant change, then the following step is clearly to consider probably unionizing,” de Jesus continued. The union has praised the transfer, calling the letter signers “brave.”

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