Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s feeble attempt before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) to deny the atrocious union-busting the company is waging against its own workers was an affront to all working people. Starbucks has repeatedly violated the legally protected right of its workers to join a union.
From captive audience meetings to the illegal firings of organizing baristas to refusing to enter into contract negotiations with workers who have won union elections, Starbucks is the new poster child for the suppression of workers’ fundamental rights.
Starbucks is a textbook example of illegal union-busting, but the company is far from alone. Every day, companies across this country resort to unlawful, brutal tactics to prevent working people from organizing.
It’s past time for our elected leaders to hold lawless corporations and their overpaid bosses accountable for violating the rights of workers. The solution is to fix our broken Labor laws and pass legislation like the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which would finally crack down on illegal union-busting and give workers a fair shot to join or form a union.