Sam and the crew talk with an ex-Starbucks employee* about Starbucks’s union-busting tactics.
When I worked for the railroad, I worked in a union shop and, for the first few years, in a union job. I know from personal experience that when employers and unions work together in good faith, it benefits everyone.
I can attest that nobody disliked bad employees more than their union reps. Even though the reps might be obligated to defend them in disciplinary hearings under the terms of union membership, the reps do not want the extra headaches that bad employees give them. (I could go on, but I doubt that my two or three regular readers would be interested in the arcane intricacies of railroad disciplinary procedures; I will just mention that one of the classes I taught as a trainer schooled supervisors in how to do discipline correctly.)
Even when I was no longer in a union job, I proudly paid my union dues until I left the railroad.
*He’s an ex-employee because he got fed up with the union-busting and quit, which may well be what Starbucks would like to see happen more often.