Starbucks employees at the Rainbow and Oakey location in Las Vegas have filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board to unionize with Starbucks Workers United. If they succeed, they would be the first Nevada Starbucks location to do so.
These workers also sent a letter notifying Starbucks Interim CEO Howard Schultz of their plans. You can read their letter, which was tweeted on Twitter, here. According to a press release issued by Starbucks Workers United, they are hoping to join a “a nationwide movement of hundreds of stores and thousands of baristas organizing for better working conditions.”
I did not check in with Starbucks’ corporate or local management for this article, so you are only reading the workers’ side of the story. No matter where you have worked, or currently work, you always want better working conditions. You always want to feel appreciated. You always want to feel like you are in partnership with management. I have no idea what working conditions are like in Las Vegas Starbucks stores.
However, according to the Starbucks Workers United press release, and the letter sent to the company’s CEO, these workers feel that they have repeatedly requested changes to no avail. Their press release also states that Starbucks has launched a nationwide union-busting campaign. They claim the coffee-serving giant has shut down unionized stores, and they have fired union leaders and employees.
Their press release goes on to read that the National Labor Relations Board “has issued 39 official complaints against the company, encompassing over 900 violations of federal labor law.”
We will find out soon enough if other Las Vegas Starbucks employees join with the workers at the Rainbow and Oakey location in their attempt to hold unionization elections. Stay tuned…
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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.