• Bloomberg reports that "the workers’ union at Starbucks Corp. filed a complaint accusing the company of illegally shutting down a recently-unionized cafe, escalating hostilities between the coffee chain and the labor movement spreading swiftly through its stores.
"In a Friday filing with the US National Labor Relations Board, the Workers United union accused Starbucks of violating federal labor law by announcing it will permanently close an Ithaca, New York store and alleged it was in retaliation for workers’ union activism.
"Starbucks said the closure wasn’t related to union activism, but resulted from facilities, staffing, and 'time and attendance' issues at the store."
The story notes that "employees at the Ithaca location, located near the Cornell University campus, in April voted to unionize and mounted a one-day strike, saying an overflowing grease trap had spilled wastewater and oil onto the floor, making the store unsafe. The union is urging the agency to seek a federal court injunction to more quickly prevent or reverse the closure."