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Starbucks Workers Say Anti-Union Campaign Violated U.S. Law

  • Union’s filing alleges ‘threats, intimidation, surveillance’
  • Company has said it strictly complies with labor laws

Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Starbucks Corp. violated federal law in its push to defeat workers’ organizing efforts, according to a labor board complaint filed by the group trying to unionize several of the coffee chain’s New York stores.

Company management has responded to unionization efforts “by engaging in a campaign of threats, intimidation, surveillance” and other illegal activity, Workers United, an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union, alleged in its filing Thursday.