Starbucks is calling on the chairman of the National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) to immediately suspend all mail-in union elections after claiming that labor board personnel engaged in misconduct with union representatives to tip the elections in their favor.
In a letter sent to the chairman and general counsel of the NLRB, Starbucks – which is facing growing union efforts nationwide – said it has been made aware by an NLRB career professional that labor board officials in the Kansas City area "and elsewhere engaged in highly improper, systemic misconduct" in elections between Starbucks and Workers United, which has been leading the union effort since December.
The NLRB career professional claimed that board officials secretly coordinated with union officials to arrange for in-person voting to take place at labor board offices during NLRB-ordered "mail-ballot" elections, according to the letter. Labor board officials also gave union representatives confidential information regarding specific vote counts that "enabled the union to target and influence employees who have not yet voted," Starbucks said.
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It was also alleged that board officials disenfranchised employees (otherwise known as partners) who were not given the same opportunity to cast in-person votes, collaborated with union representatives to "cover up this misbehavior" and increase the number of pro-union votes to the outcome of elections.