Starbucks decision to permanently close a store in Ithaca, New York, has prompted its workers union to accuse the company of retaliation for recent union activism.
The union filed the complaint about the “illegal” closure to the National Labor Relations Board on Friday.
Starbucks said the closure wasn’t related to union activism, but resulted from facilities, staffing, and “time and attendance” issues at the store.
In a statement, regional Workers United leader Gary Bonadonna Jr. called the store closure a “blatant act of war” against the union’s members. “We have their backs,” he said.