I’ll skip over the schadenfreude over an ultra-woke company realizing that the leftists it supports won’t just be satisfied with voluntary contributions to their cause, but want to take the whole company.
Starbucks, like a number of companies, is fighting corrupt unionization efforts being run from inside the federal government. And its complaint is revealing about how these things work.
Starbucks is accusing National Labor Relations Board employees of secretly coordinated with union organizers in the Kansas City area — and it wants the agency to halt all mail-in votes nationwide until a full investigation has been conducted.
The letter contains some interesting allegations.
Starbucks alleges that NLRB regional staff repeatedly crossed the line of neutrality, alleging that despite ordering a mail-in election, the agency arranged for some voters to cast their ballot in person without informing Starbucks representatives.
It also says NLRB workers shared real-time information with organizers about whether certain ballots had been received. And the company said it believes similar actions took place in at least two other NLRB regions.
Essentially the NLRB’s people are acting as union coordinators. The NLRB’s biases are obvious, but here its people have set out the objective of making a union vote happen by providing information to the unions about the current state of play and how many votes they need to get over the top.
Three of the NLRB’s five board members, including its chairwoman, are Biden appointees. The most blatantly inappropriate of them may be David M. Prouty.
Mr. Prouty was nominated by President Biden on June 23, 2021 and confirmed by the Senate on July 28, 2021. His term will last until August 2026.
Most recently, Member Prouty served as General Counsel of Service Employee International Union (SEIU) Local 32BJ, the largest labor union for property service workers in the country with over 175,000 members. He served as General Counsel of the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) from 2013 – 2017 and as Chief Labor Counsel of the MLBPA from 2008 – 2013. Prior to June 2008, Member Prouty was General Counsel of UNITE HERE, and was General Counsel of UNITE from 2001 – 2004. Before serving as General Counsel of UNITE and UNITE HERE, Member Prouty was Southern Regional Counsel for UNITE and its predecessor union, the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU), for fifteen years. He received his AB magna cum laude from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine in 1980; worked as a researcher and organizer for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) from 1980 to 1983; and received his JD cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1986.
I’m shocked, shocked, that the NLRB is functioning as an arm of the unions and illegally coordinating with them. Republicans ought to toss the NLRB into the dustbin of history along with much of the New Deal socialist trash.