By Paul Blest, Vice
“If a union is certified, benefits and wages will essentially be frozen while the parties negotiate the contract,” the letter stated.
Workers at a Starbucks that’s trying to unionize received a letter from store management in March telling them that “benefits and wages will essentially be frozen” until a bargaining agreement is reached if they vote to unionize. The letter, obtained by VICE News, also strongly implies that the company intends to drag out the collective bargaining process.
“Generally speaking, if the union gets the votes needed to represent you, good faith negotiations can often take more than a year—if a contract is reached at all,” states the letter, dated March 21 and signed by store managers in Olympia, Washington. “If a union is certified, benefits and wages will essentially be frozen while the parties negotiate the contract.”
“We will continue to share information, including how to vote by mail, over the next few weeks,” the letter adds. “I hope you’ll consider voting no.”
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