The union representing Starbucks’ workers at a cafe in New York State claims the location is being closed by the company as retaliation for unionizing.
The Workers United union filed the complaint with the US National Labor Relations Board on Friday, accusing the company of violating federal labor law by announcing it will permanently close an Ithaca, New York store and alleged it was in retaliation for workers’ union activism, according to Bloomberg.
In response, Starbucks said the closure wasn’t related to the store recently being unionized, but resulted from facilities, staffing, and “time and attendance” issues at the store.
“With deep care and urgency we continuously work to create the kind of store environment that partners and customers expect of Starbucks. Our goal is to ensure that every partner is supported in their individual situation, and we have immediate opportunities available in the market.”