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National Labor Relations Board seeks to reopen 23 Starbucks stores, including 8 in Seattle area

By Renata Geraldo, The Seattle Times
Published: December 14, 2023, 5:17pm

SEATTLE — The nation’s top labor body said Wednesday it wants Starbucks to reopen 23 shuttered stores across the U.S., including seven in Seattle and one in Everett.

According to a National Labor Relations Board complaint filed Wednesday, Starbucks violated labor law because it allegedly closed the stores due to union organizing.

Seattle-based Starbucks cited safety concerns as the reason for the Seattle-area store closings, which happened last year. Half of the shuttered Washington stores were unionized.

Starbucks spokesperson Andrew Trull said in an email Thursday that the NLRB’s allegations lack merit. Trull also said Starbucks evaluates its store portfolio each year, including opening and closing locations.

Mari Cosgrove, a Seattle-based unionized worker, said in a statement Thursday that the complaint is “the latest confirmation of Starbucks’ determination to illegally oppose workers’ organizing.”

The Seattle-area stores the NLRB wants Starbucks to reopen were located at:

  •  2300 S. Jackson St., Seattle
  • 6417 Roosevelt Way N.E., Seattle
  • 400 Pine St., Seattle
  • 1600 E. Olive Way, Seattle
  • 505 Fifth Ave. S., Seattle
  • 101 Broadway E., Seattle
  • 9999 Holman Road N.W., Seattle
  • 11802 Evergreen Way, Everett