Starbucks Defends Itself at NYC Labor Relations Trial
NEW YORK (AP) -- Some Starbucks baristas in Manhattan are steaming -- but not over lattes and cappuccinos.
Starbucks Corporation is accused by the National Labor Relations Board trial of intimidating activists at four Manhattan locations.
An NLB trial looking into the matter began yesterday, with some of the peeved baristas showing up to express their anger about the Seattle-based company's labor practices.
The board says the company fired pro-union employees, banned workers from wearing union pins and gave unfair negative performance reviews.
The coffee company could be asked to reinstate fired employees and publicly state it will not try to break unions if it is found guilty at the hearing.
Starbucks spokeswoman Tara Darrow said in a statement yesterday that the company believes the allegations are baseless. She said the company will defend itself vigorously against them.