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Starbucks is facing pressure to rehire seven Buffalo employees who federal labor officials say were "unlawfully fired for exercising their right to form a union."
However, it's a claim that Starbucks has repeatedly denied and plans to defend.
The National Labor Relations Board’s Buffalo Regional Director Linda M. Leslie petitioned in United States District Court for injunctive relief for the former Starbucks employees who worked at five different locations across Buffalo.
After learning about unionizing efforts, the coffee giant "set its vigorous antiunion campaign in motion," the labor board said Wednesday.
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The company employed an "expansive array of illegal tactics" including raising wages, promising benefits, bringing in a cadre of managers to monitor employees and discourage union activity, closing stores with active organizing drives, and threatening employees, the labor board continued.
This culminated in the firing of seven employees within a six-week period, the labor board said.
Meanwhile, Starbucks, as it has repeatedly expressed, told FOX Business that "these claims are false" and is "prepared to defend our case."
Aside from rehiring the seven Buffalo-area workers, the labor board is also seeking a national cease and desist order for all Starbucks across the country as well as a bargaining order for the Camp Road store.
The labor board can issue a bargaining order in the absence of a union election if there was evidence that a majority of employees have supported union representation on authorization cards.