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Howard Schultz’s Comment to Pro-Union Starbucks Worker Was Threat, Labor Board Alleges

  • Agency brings complaint over CEO’s remarks to employee
  • Company denies wrongdoing, says anti-union claims false
Howard Schultz

Howard Schultz

Photographer: Alex Wroblewski/Bloomberg
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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?”