A Starbucks union chief in Raleigh says she was fired over the weekend days earlier than a union election.
Starbucks District Supervisor Ed Harvey fired union chief Sharon Gilman on Saturday after an incident when a sink fell on her whereas she was working, in response to a press release from SBWorkers United.
“I consider I used to be wrongfully terminated for my union exercise,” Gilman mentioned within the press launch. “I consider I’m getting used for example to intimidate my colleagues into voting sure.”
A Starbucks spokesperson instructed WRAL Information that Gilman’s separation was unrelated to union organizing efforts. The spokesperson mentioned Gilman was fired for violating office security procedures and insurance policies after an inner investigation was accomplished.
Gilman labored at Wake Forest and Six Forks Starbucks in Raleigh.
On February 13, Gilman was working on the three-compartment sink within the retailer’s again room when he collapsed from a wall, practically injuring her. The SBWorkers United launch claims that Starbucks fired Gilman for “misuse of company property.” The assertion additionally claims that Starbucks alleges that Gilman deliberately eliminated the sink from the wall.
“I heard her scream when it occurred and I might see how scared she was when the sink collapsed on high of her,” Elsa Engelbrecht mentioned within the assertion. “She had no purpose or approach to break it on her personal and everybody who labored that evening is aware of that.”
SBWorkers United assertion claims Harvey ignored ‘eyewitness testimony and fired [Gilman] anyway.”
The assertion additionally claims the corporate has been harassing and retaliating towards union leaders and supporters at shops nationwide for the reason that return of CEO Howard Schultz.
“Our ballots are speculated to be mailed out early this week and the incident for which they’re firing her occurred two months in the past,” mentioned Alyssa Watkins, one other union chief on the Raleigh retailer. “It’s very clear that that is an effort to cease our unionization.”
On Monday, SBWorkers United plans to protest from 10 a.m. to midday exterior Wake Forest and Six Forks shops. The group wish to see Gilman reinstated. There are additionally plans to file a grievance on Monday with the Nationwide Labor Relations Board.