Starbucks ULP Tracker

National Labor Relations Board attorneys have filed more than 100 unfair labor practice complaints against Starbucks in connection with a union organizing drive at the coffee chain.

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Case status (for table below)
 NLRB decision   ALJ decision   Settlement reached   Pending/closed/other 
Case Number NLRB Region Date filed Description Status Consolidated Links
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NEWS & ANALYSIS


NLRB Judge Dings Starbucks' Rule On Being Respectful

By Beverly Banks

Starbucks illegally maintained a policy telling workers to communicate in a professional and respectful way, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled, finding the coffee chain hadn't shown how the rule furthered its business interests.

Supreme Court Tightens NLRB Injunction Test

By Braden Campbell

The U.S. Supreme Court made it tougher for the National Labor Relations Board to win injunctions against employers Thursday in a case involving Starbucks, directing courts to strictly apply a four-factor test when the board sues to stem alleged unfair labor practices.

NLRB Judge Orders Starbucks Exec Video As ULP Remedy

By Beverly Banks

Starbucks violated federal labor law multiple times at cafes near Phoenix where union organizing efforts with Workers United were brewing, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled, recommending an order to make the coffee chain post a video recording of a reading notice about employees' rights.

Starbucks, Workers United Secure Tentative Accords In Talks

By Beverly Banks

Starbucks and Workers United said Friday that collective bargaining talks have resulted in tentative agreements related to just cause, union representation and transparency between the parties, marking another step toward a first labor contract for the coffee chain and union.

Mich. Starbucks Firings Get Mixed Outcome From NLRB ALJ

By Braden Campbell

Starbucks did not violate federal labor law at a Michigan store by firing a union backer who cursed at his boss in front of customers, but crossed the line by canning another worker who used more measured language, a National Labor Relations Board judge said Tuesday.

NLRB Nixes Enforcement Bid Against Starbucks At 9th Circ.

By Beverly Banks

The National Labor Relations Board called for the dismissal of its enforcement bid against Starbucks in the Ninth Circuit over a decision finding the company illegally threatened workers in Hawaii, saying the coffee chain has expressed an intent to follow the board's decision.

NLRB Attys Say Mich. Starbucks Injunction Row Must Proceed

By Beverly Banks

The U.S. Supreme Court's pending decision over a National Labor Relations Board injunction standard shouldn't pause a Michigan federal court case against Starbucks seeking reinstatement of fired employees, the board argued Monday, saying a stay would be detrimental to the workers' interests.

2nd Circ. Calls Starbucks' Union Discovery Order 'Overbroad'

By Gina Kim

The Second Circuit on Wednesday revived the National Labor Relations Board's suit seeking to halt Starbucks' alleged labor violations nationwide, finding that the lower court erred in tossing the suit for noncompliance with its "overbroad" discovery order granting the coffee chain's subpoenas seeking confidential union intel and workers' communications.

Starbucks Fired Worker Over Early Closure, NLRB Judge Says

By Tim Ryan

Starbucks unlawfully fired a worker who closed a store early in protest of staffing issues, a National Labor Relations Board judge held Friday, saying the action was a protected strike and that the worker did not lose the protection of federal labor law during heated conversations with managers.

NLRB Judge Finds 'Serious' ULPs At 2 Ohio Starbucks Stores

By Beverly Banks

Starbucks committed "serious and widespread unfair labor practices" at two stores in Cleveland where union organizing campaigns were underway, a National Labor Relations Board judge concluded, finding the coffee chain must read a notice to workers about their rights.

Split NLRB Finds Starbucks Made Threat To Wis. Worker

By Beverly Banks

A Starbucks manager unlawfully threatened a worker while discussing a Workers United organizing campaign at a Wisconsin cafe, a divided National Labor Relations Board determined, with the board's lone Republican finding what the manager said didn't rise to the level of a threat or interrogation.

Starbucks Wants NLRB Injunction Bid To Wait On High Court

By Emily Brill

A Michigan federal judge should wait on deciding whether to issue an injunction against Starbucks in a wrongful firing case out of Ann Arbor, the company argued, saying the U.S. Supreme Court must first decide a case concerning how injunctions are dispensed to National Labor Relations Board prosecutors.

NLRB Official Tosses Starbucks Union Ouster Bid In Mich.

By Beverly Banks

A Starbucks worker in Michigan can't proceed with a bid to oust the Workers United union, a National Labor Relations Board regional director determined, finding that pending refusal-to-bargain claims block the petition from moving ahead for now.

NLRB Says Starbucks Withheld Info About NJ Store Closures

By Tim Ryan

Starbucks violated federal labor law by delaying its response to Workers United's request for information about temporary closures of a New Jersey store, the National Labor Relations Board ruled Thursday.

NLRB Affirms Dismissal Of Starbucks Union Ouster Bids

By Beverly Banks

The National Labor Relations Board backed dismissals of decertification petitions from Starbucks workers at two stores, with the board's lone Republican member noting the consideration of delays in processing unfair labor practice cases when weighing the toss of ouster bids.

NLRB Judge Seeks Cause In Starbucks, Union Postpone Bid

By Beverly Banks

A National Labor Relations Board judge asked agency prosecutors Wednesday to show cause related to a request from Starbucks and Workers United to postpone hearing dates this month over refusal to bargain claims, while the parties mention ongoing talks to settle board litigation.

Starbucks, Union Tout 'Significant Progress' In Contract Talks

By Beverly Banks

Starbucks and Workers United "made significant progress" in collective bargaining negotiations this past week, the parties announced Friday, with experts telling Law360 that the contract talks are a starting point, but the details of these negotiations remain to be seen.

Starbucks Illegally Barred Recording, NLRB Judge Says

By Beverly Banks

Starbucks violated federal labor law by barring a worker from recording a disciplinary meeting and later terminating that pro-union employee from a store near St. Louis, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled Thursday, calling for the coffee chain to reinstate the barista and make them whole.

9th Circ. Says NLRB Can Enforce Starbucks Bargaining Order

By Rachel Riley

The Ninth Circuit said Wednesday that Starbucks must recognize its Seattle roastery workers' April 2022 vote to unionize, overruling the coffee giant's contention that ballots should have been cast in person and concluding a National Labor Relations Board manager had discretion to call the mail-in election because of COVID-19 case counts at the time.

Justices Probe NLRB's Burden In Starbucks' Injunction Appeal

By Braden Campbell

The U.S. Supreme Court appears likely to hold that the courts' traditional factors apply when the National Labor Relations Board pursues injunctions, though it's unclear from Tuesday's argument how closely it will direct courts to examine a key factor: the strength of the board's case.