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 Starbucks’ latest battle with its unions.
Starbucks recently accused the National Labor Relations Board of rigging union elections. According to an Aug. 15 letter sent to the NLRB by Starbucks general counsel Zabrina Jenkins and Kimberly Doud, the NLRB St. Louis region has “engaged in highly improper, systemic misconduct” involving secret coordination of in-person voting at NLRB offices for a supposedly mail-in ballot election, giving union representatives confidential election real-time information, disenfranchising voters who did not cast in-person votes, and mishandling ballots. To break all this down, we have senior editor Joanna Fantozzi with us.
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