Starbucks Settles Charges, Union Refuses to Sign

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An article published by the Bureau of National Affairs reports that Starbucks is happy about the results of a settlement reached with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) earlier this month over the firing of a union barista fired in East Grand Rapids.

According to the article, Starbucks issued a statement saying, “We feel vindicated as the agreement does not require reinstatement of or back pay to a partner whose termination we believe was appropriate.”

The settlement was reached a day before a scheduled trial in the case. Under the terms of the settlement, Starbucks will expunge the record of termination from the employee’s personnel file and will post a notice for 60 days at the East Grand Rapids store outlining employees’ rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Starbucks is not required to reinstate Dorsey or issue back pay. While the settlement did not allow Starbucks to deny wrongdoing, it also is not an admission of guilt.

The Grand Rapids Starbucks Workers Union did not sign-on to the settlement, saying that it prefers open trials and arguing that the fired union organizer was not award the remedies he deserves.

The NLRB approved the settlement without the Union signing on. The union has no plans to appeal the matter.

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Author: mediamouse

Grand Rapids independent media // mediamouse.org