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Starbucks Comment to Pro-Union Worker Was Threat, NLRB Says (1)

Oct. 28, 2022, 10:27 PM

Starbucks Corp. interim Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz made comments during an April meeting with employees that US labor officials view as an illegal anti-union threat, according to a complaint Friday.

In that meeting, an employee asked Schultz about retaliation against union supporters. He told the worker, “I’m sensing a lot of anger from you about Starbucks,” and “If you hate Starbucks so much, why don’t you work somewhere else?”

The employee later resigned from the company.

Howard Schultz
Photographer: Alex Wroblewski/Bloomberg

US labor board prosecutors alleged in a complaint filed Friday that Schultz “threatened employees with discharge by inviting employees to quit ...