Sanders Slams Starbucks CEO for Refusing to Testify at Hearing on Union Busting

The senator urged that he could subpoena CEO Howard Schultz to drive him to testify.

Starbucks CEO and infamous union buster Howard Schultz is going through criticism after he turned down Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vermont) request that he seem earlier than Congress in a listening to subsequent month.

In a scathing assertion, Senate Well being, Schooling, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chair Sanders stated that it’s “disappointing, however not shocking” that Schultz would flip down the request from himself and HELP Committee Democrats to testify about Starbucks’s rampant union busting.

“Apparently, it’s simpler for Mr. Schultz to fireplace employees who’re exercising their constitutional proper to kind unions, and to intimidate others who could also be excited by becoming a member of a union than to reply questions from elected officers. If Mr. Schultz believes {that a} multi-billion greenback company like Starbucks can break federal labor regulation with impunity he’s mistaken,” Sanders said.

The senator urged that he could use his energy as HELP chair to concern a subpoena to drive Schultz to seem earlier than the committee, as he has stated he’s prepared to do.

“Because the Chairman of the Senate HELP Committee, I intend to carry Mr. Schultz and Starbucks accountable for his or her unacceptable conduct and look ahead to seeing him earlier than our committee,” the senator concluded.

Starbucks told Sanders on Tuesday that Schultz doesn’t need to testify, providing to ship one other government to the listening to as a substitute. Starbucks normal counsel Zabrina Jenkins cited the truth that Schultz is stepping down from his place as CEO later this 12 months as the explanation for his skirting the lawmakers’ name.

Nevertheless, Schultz – who was reportedly Hillary Clinton’s top pick for labor secretary in her 2016 presidential run – has doubtless performed a big position within the firm’s anti-union marketing campaign, which escalated to new heights after Schultz retook the helm of the corporate final 12 months.

When the corporate introduced that the three-time Starbucks CEO was coming again, employees stated that the corporate was bringing him on particularly to battle their union effort and that he has informed employees that he views the union marketing campaign as a private insult to himself.

In accordance with Starbucks Staff United, labor officers have issued 60 complaints containing over 1,200 alleged labor regulation violations towards Starbucks. That quantities to about 3 labor violations on common for each one of many 376 shops which have filed for union elections over the previous 12 months and a half.

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts), a HELP Committee member who joined in Sanders’s name for Schultz to testify final week, feigned puzzlement at Schultz’s refusal in a tweet. Sharing 4 information headlines highlighting Starbucks actions that labor officers have deemed unlawful and the corporate’s effort to suppress the union by firing employees, Markey wrote: “Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is refusing to testify in entrance of our committee. What do you suppose he’s hiding from?”

Labor supporters mocked Schultz for refusing to seem, calling himcoward Schultz”; the union stated that his transfer amounted to “Howardice.”

“C’mon, Howie,” tweeted the Worldwide Brotherhood of Teamsters. “All it’s important to do is clarify that you simply need to silence your employees and violate their rights – as anybody would do – as a result of they damage your emotions … and since possibly you’re afraid their union may make you a SLIGHTLY poorer Billionaire.”

This isn’t the primary time that Schultz has confronted scrutiny from Sanders specifically. Sanders has despatched Schultz a number of letters urging him to cease Starbucks’s “unethical and illegal” union busting, together with in a letter despatched final October co-signed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts). The Vermont senator has been a vocal supporter of the Starbucks union effort, which has itself impressed a number of different union efforts throughout the U.S.

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