The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Supreme Court Backs Bosses, Not Workers

Jun 17, 2024

On June 13, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Starbucks, by sending a lawsuit back to a lower court. The case involved seven workers fired after trying to organize a union at Starbucks. The seven fired workers had brought an unfair labor practices case against Starbucks to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

The Supreme Court has now sent this dispute back to a lower court, on a technicality over the way the lower court decided in favor of the seven workers. By sending the case back to the lower court, the Supreme Court makes it harder for any workers in an unfair labor practice case to win a favorable ruling with the NLRB. And this matters in the case of Starbucks, because workers have accused the company of firing them for trying to organize a union, also for spying on workers, and even closing stores during a unionization campaign.

This coffee company has more than 17,000 coffee shops in the U.S. and forces the workers at EACH one to try to organize for a union separately. Still hundreds of coffee shops have made the effort, won a union vote and chosen Workers United to represent them.

As a Workers United official put it, “… today’s ruling by the Supreme Court … underscores how the economy is rigged against working people all the way up to the Supreme Court.”