Salt Lake City Area Workers in Starbucks are Looking to Kick Out SBWU Union
On July 27, 2023, employees at the Cottonwood Heights Starbucks in Utah submitted a petition to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), calling on the federal agency to carry out a vote to terminate the Chicago and Midwest Joint Regional Board Workers United/SEIU, also known as Starbucks Workers United (SBWU), officials’ monopoly “representation” powers at their place of employment. Indya Fiessinger, who submitted the petition on behalf of a group of her fellow workers, is receiving free legal aid from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys.
Due to the petition being filed, the National Right to Work Committee (NRTW) expects the NLRB to quickly schedule a secret ballot election to make it clear whether a majority of workers want to terminate union officials’ power to subject workers to a contract.
Utah is a Right to Work state which means union payments must be voluntary and cannot be mandated as a condition of employment. However, under federal law, SBWU officials’ monopoly bargaining powers still enable them to impose a union contract on all employees at the store, even those who are not part of the union and who oppose SBWU’s so-called “representation.” A successful decertification vote would get rid of union officials’s monopoly bargaining power.
“We call on SBWU officials and the NLRB to respect the wishes of these workers who simply want a prompt decertification vote to decide whether or not they want the union in their workplace,” declared Mark Mix, President of the National Right to Work Foundation. “The right of workers to oust a union that lacks majority support is supposed to be fundamental to federal labor law, otherwise the NLRB is just protecting incumbent union bosses to the detriment of actual rank-and-file workers’ wishes.”
All efforts to cleanse American workplaces of undue union influence should be categorically welcomed. Labor unions these days function as parasitic entities that benefit the Left and their overlords in the Democratic Party. For the sake of maintaining a relevant Republican Party in states across the nation, forced unionization must be fought tooth and nail.