Workers at the store filed a request for union elections next week. “We really had an easy time moving forward,” Ms. Alanna said, recounting her disappointment at the way the company has treated Ms.
Starbucks spokeswoman Reggie Borges said the company offered to support Ms. Harrison during her time there, and it offered to provide an assistant manager if she took a leave of absence, which she said. he hasn’t done it yet.
Starbucks’ approach to union elections in Mesa resembles its approach in Buffalo. The company has sent several officials to the store – including two new managers, at least two new assistant directors, a senior human resources official based in Colorado, a senior manager who worked in California. and a Colorado-based regional vice president.
The workers said they felt managers and other officials were there in part to supervise them. Michelle Hejduk, another shift supervisor at the store, said the new managers appear to have implemented a policy where at least one manager must be present at the store at all times to “baby-sit” as she did. speak.
Ms. Hejduk said she was informed on a recent weekday morning that the store was closed and her shift was being canceled because no manager had entered, even though she had a key. locked and often worked in the store without a manager. union election records. She said the policy was relaxed after the union vote ended.
At Mesa, as well as at at least one of its Buffalo stores, Starbucks also attracted a number of new employees after filing for election, who typically went through a few weeks of training at other stores. The union argues that outside training is intended to ensure that workers begin work without contact with union advocates and that the workers brought in dilute support for the union. group. The union, arguing that some of the new workers had not worked at the store long enough to be eligible to vote, won a challenge on similar base in Buffalo.
Mr. Borges said officials are working on operational issues like staffing and soliciting input from workers and educating them about the risks of consolidation, though he said Starbucks respects respect the union rights of employees. He said that having a separate location focused on training new employees allows the company to train them more effectively, and that all workers who receive votes are eligible under the NLRB regulations. He said it’s sometimes a policy to always have a manager when there’s new management in a store.
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