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The latest on all the drama at Starbucks

Starbucks has lost a battle with union leaders, eliminates its COO position


Welcome to First Bite, a Nation’s Restaurant News podcast, your daily source of news from NRN hosted by Holly Petre.

Today, we’re talking about what’s happening with Starbucks.

Starbucks is seemingly always in the news. It appears we can’t go a week without covering them twice. First, there was the accusation of election rigging by Starbucks against the National Labor Relations Board.

Then, on Thursday, two pieces of news broke. Starbucks lost a court case against what has been called the “Memphis 7,” seven former Memphis union leaders who were fired several months ago. The chain must reinstate them by Monday according to the ruling.

Later Thursday, it was announced that Starbucks’ chief operating officer would be leaving and the company would be eliminating the role entirely after the exec left the role. It’s an odd move for such a large chain, especially one currently on the hunt for a new CEO.

Senior editor Joanna Fantozzi breaks it all down here, starting with the union battle and the “Memphis 7.”

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