NLRB to probe Starbucks for anti-union allegations

NEW YORK The National Labor Relations Board has scheduled a hearing on allegations that Starbucks Corp. used illegal means to discourage the unionization of employees at four units in New York City, according to press reports.

Earlier stories said the NLRB's Manhattan office had accused the Seattle-based coffee chain of violating union-protection laws some 30 times. Starbucks has said the charges were "baseless," and that it will defend itself vigorously.

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