Starbucks is asking the National Labor Relations Board to temporarily suspend all union elections at its U.S. stores in response to allegations of improper coordination between regional NLRB officials and the union.
In a letter sent to the NLRB on Monday, Starbucks said an unnamed government official told the company about several problems with the NLRB’s St. Louis office when it conducted an election earlier this spring at a Starbucks store in Overland Park, Kansas. was monitoring.
The Seattle coffee giant said the regional office made special arrangements for pro-union workers to vote in person at its office, although store elections were to be handled by mail-in ballots. Starbucks said regional officials also disclosed confidential information to the union, including which ballots arrived in the mail for counting.
An email message was left for comment Monday with the NLRB.
More than 220 US Starbucks stores have voted to consolidate since late last year. The company opposes unionization efforts.