Boston Starbucks workers vote to strike – NBC Boston

Workers at a Starbucks location in Boston who had previously voted to unionize announced they were on strike.

Beginning at 4:30 a.m. Monday, employees at Starbucks located at 874 Commonwealth Ave. in Boston announced that they would be on strike until further notice. In a letter to Tomi Chorlian, the store manager, and Phil Mann, a district manager, employees cited a slew of unfair labor practices at the store since Chorlian was temporarily appointed store manager at the as a result of organizing efforts.

The letter, signed by Spencer Costigan and Topaz Leo, said practices under Chorlian included threats, overly restrictive policies, denial of benefits and other alleged violations as well as a “chaotic and hostile” work environment. .

The letter says Chorlian threatened to discipline or fire employees if they failed to comply with a newly imposed availability policy, a practice that directly violates Starbucks’ obligation to bargain in good faith, the employees say.

Employees also wrote that the hours of long-time employees of Comm. The Avenue location was “aggressively downsized” and crews were understaffed, while many new employees were hired. Chorlian doesn’t fit Starbucks’ mission, the employees wrote, in terms of “creating a culture of warmth and belonging where everyone is welcome.”

The employees of the Comm. Ave. Starbucks writes that it would like Chorlian terminated from the company, or at least removed from its location.

Workers will picket outside the Starbucks on Monday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lance B. Holton