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What’s Next For The Fired Spot Coffee Workers And The Union They Tried To Form?


When Spot Coffee fired three longtime employees last month, the workers said the company didn’t give them a reason for their termination except that the local chain wanted “to go in a different direction.”

With the case now before the National Labor Relations Board, that explanation likely won’t cut it – not if Spot Coffee wants to prove it didn’t let workers go for trying to organize a union, said Howard Foster, a labor relations expert and professor emeritus at the University at Buffalo School of Management.

“It is certainly not legal to fire an employee for trying to organize a union,” Foster said. “It’s unlikely they will say they didn’t want them to organize a union so they fired the ringleaders. They will have to give a legitimate reason and explain it.”

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