The whistleblower who is helping pro-union Starbucks partners needs our help.
Partners at Starbucks in Buffalo, NY are trying to organize the first union Starbucks cafes in the country. Starbucks has run a vicious anti-union campaign, employing a myriad of tactics meant to intimidate workers into voting against the union. The company has brought in management and corporate officials from around the country to flood Buffalo-area stores and enact Starbucks’ anti-union agenda.
Brittany, a manager from a Starbucks cafe in Arizona who has evidence of Starbucks’ union busting activities, reached out to the workers in Buffalo when she learned the company was sending managers and executives from around the country to Buffalo with the explicit purpose of defeating the union effort. Brittany stepped forward as a whistleblower to give testimony to the National Labor Relations Board to support the union’s charges of unfair labor practices at Starbucks because she did not want herself or her co-workers to be put in a position of violating Buffalo Starbucks partners’ right to organize.
Brittany’s willingness to stand with Starbucks partners and call out her employer’s wrongdoing is courageous, to say the least. However, Brittany’s story doesn’t end there.
Brittany is 28 years old and is currently undergoing chemotherapy to battle leukemia. Facing this in addition to a series of retaliatory actions from Starbucks ever since she shared the evidence of Starbucks’ union busting with the New York Times, Brittany decided to leave the company at the end of the month. On Monday she was called by Starbucks and told she was being terminated before the agreed upon end date.
Now, we’re asking for your help. We want to give Brittany the support that she deserves during this difficult time. Brittany has done so much to help workers trying to form a union, it’s time for us to do the same for her. Please give what you can...let’s honor Brittany’s courage and show her that we have her back!
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