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Union, workers criticize removal of Pride decorations at Starbucks

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“We unwaveringly support the LGBTQIA2+ community. There has been no change to any policy on this matter and we continue to encourage our store leaders to celebrate with their communities including for US Pride month in June,” said Andrew Trumbull, Starbucks spokesperson.

“We’re deeply concerned by false information that is being spread especially as it relates to our inclusive store environments, our company culture and the benefits we offer our partners. Starbucks has a history that includes more than four decades of recognizing and celebrating our diverse partners and customers – including year-round support for the LGBTQIA2+ community.”

However, SWU cited numerous social media posts, videos and text messages indicating that the same thing happened in different parts of the country. Specifically, it occurred in stores in Madison, WI; Atlanta, GA; Columbus, OH; and the Mid-Atlantic region.

In March, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ordered the coffee giant to reinstate seven workers who were fired for their union activity and provide financial restitution for 27 other workers for violations like refusing to grant time off.

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