Workers at Amy's Kitchen, Trader Joe’s, Starbucks & Chipotle accuse companies of union busting
On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing union busting as workers across the country continue to demand basic rights. In the first half of this year, unions prevailed in 639 elections, according to Bloomberg Law's analysis. That amounts to 43,092 workers. That’s the highest win for labor in nearly 20 years. How are corporations responding?
Trader Joe's workers say the company's decision to shut down its only wine shop in New York City is blatant union busting. The union representing Starbucks said the coffee chain closed its Kansas City and Seattle stores in retaliation for organizing. Last month, Amy's Kitchen shut down its San Jose factory, where workers have also been organizing. Chipotle Mexican Grill recently closed a Maine restaurant whose staff were planning to form an independent union called Chipotle United. It would have been the chain’s first unionized restaurant.
Maeg Yosef, Trader Joe's crew member and organizer with Trader Joe's United
Sarah Beth Ryther, Trader Joe's crew member and organizer with Trader Joe's United
James Kreiss, supervisor at Starbucks in San Francisco’s Castro District
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