Starbucks settles sixth labor dispute in three years
Starbucks settles an anti-union charge without admitting wrongdoing or facing a financial penalty.
By Melissa Allison
Seattle Times business reporter
Starbucks signed a settlement with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last week agreeing to let Minneapolis-area employees post union materials in their break areas and discuss union issues while on the job, as long as it doesn't interfere with their performance.
The settlement does not include financial payment, and Starbucks admits to no wrongdoing.
The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) initiated the complaints that led to the settlement and, according to a news release, considers it a victory.
It's Starbucks' sixth labor settlement in three years and its second in Minneapolis. In December, the Seattle coffee chain lost a battle in administrative-law court when a judge determined Starbucks had unfairly imposed work rules on employees who supported the IWW.
The company is appealing the court's decision and has not acknowledged wrongdoing in any of the settlements.
Starbucks said in a statement that since January, 15 unfair-labor-practice charges filed by a "small group of individuals" have been dismissed by the NLRB or withdrawn