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Eugene Starbucks employees and teamsters rally in support of fired Memphis workers

Brian Bull
Lonnie Douglas (center, with bullhorn) of Eugene-Springfield Solidarity Network leads chants outside the Starbucks store at Franklin and Villiard today.

Today, about three dozen labor activists rallied outside the Starbucks on Franklin Boulevard. It was to show solidarity for Memphis Starbucks workers who were recently fired.

Brian Bull
Labor group supporters and local Starbucks workers gathered to show support for Memphis Starbucks employees who were fired while trying to form a union.

The Eugene rally was one of many held nationwide in support of what’s become known as the “Memphis 7.” They were fired this month after talking to a Tennessee news station, and say it was for trying to form a union. Starbucks has said the workers violated store policy.

Leonard Stoehr is with Teamsters Local 206 in Springfield. He says Eugene Starbucks workers need to stay sharp.

“In these captive audience meetings that they’re going to be subjected to, they need to ask what the company’s going to do for them without a union contract," Stoehr said. "Are they gonna give them union healthcare, are the gonna give them union pension, are they gonna give them union wages? The answer to all those questions is “no.”

Meanwhile, some Eugene Starbucks workers say they’re still awaiting word from the National Labor Relations Board as to whether they can proceed with a vote to form a union at their six respective stores.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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