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Starbucks catches break as judge vacates nationwide ban on firing union workers
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In a lucky break for Starbucks, the federal judge who issued a nationwide injunction prohibiting the coffee chain from firing union-friendly workers has vacated his decision, citing "certain errors" in his previous ruling.
On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith rejected the National Labor Relations Boards' (NLRB) request for a nationwide cease-and-desist order prohibiting Starbucks from discharging employees that participate in protected union activities. The judge found that NLRB failed to show "that Starbucks has implemented a corporate-wide anti-union policy such that a cease-and-desist order should apply to every Starbucks location in the country."
Goldsmith issued a new injunction that specifically prohibits the Starbucks store in Ann Arbor, Mich., from firing employees who attempt to unionize. It was an abrupt reversal from the judge's Feb. 17 order, which implemented a nationwide injunction against Starbucks.
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