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NLRB: Grand Rapids Starbucks worker fired for union organizing

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in Employment Law,Human Resources

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has filed a complaint against Starbucks, claiming it fired a Grand Rapids barista because of his union sympathies.

Cole Dorsey says he was fired June 6 for supporting the Industrial Workers of the World Starbucks Workers Union, which is trying to organize the Seattle-based coffee chain.

The company says Dorsey was fired for reporting to work more than 30 minutes late. Dorsey had received two prior warnings for tardiness.

The complaint is the fourth of its kind brought by Starbucks workers this year. Dorsey seeks reinstatement, lost wages, a clean disciplinary record and the posting of union rights notices in the store.

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