Starbucks Accused of Union-Busting in Memphis

    Photo: AP [via The Guardian]

    The Facts

    • Starbucks has faced backlash for allegedly firing seven Memphis employees on Tuesday over their efforts to unionize.

    • Starbucks say the workers violated company security and safety policies. Accusations include staying inside the store after hours and allowing unauthorized people in.

    The Spin

    Left narrative

    Several of the supposed violations are common practice and no one has faced disciplinary action for them before now. Starbucks is enforcing these policies selectively to target unionizing workers - something they have already been disciplined for.

    Right narrative

    This has nothing to do with the unionization efforts. There is security footage of the workers violating several basic health and safety policies. Similar violations have led to tragic consequences in the past, and the company must protect its employees and customers.

    Political split



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