Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Starbucks in Unionization Case

President’s administration denied deference in labor-related litigation.

The Supreme Court ruled that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) overstepped its authority by halting the termination of Starbucks employees who were attempting to unionize.

Starbucks fired the seven Memphis store workers a few weeks after they attempted to unionize in 2022. The former employees submitted a complaint with the NLRB, which filed for a temporary injunction ordering Starbucks to rehire the seven employees. This temporary injunction is what caused Starbucks to appeal to the Supreme Court.

President Biden’s administration argued to the justices that U.S. courts should give deference to the NLRB’s outlook on American labor disputes. However, the justices all balked at the legal ramifications of such an interpretation.

“In fact,” Justice Thomas wrote, “it is hard to imagine how the Board could lose under the reasonable-cause test if courts deferentially ask only whether the Board offered a minimally plausible legal theory, while ignoring conflicting law or facts.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the justices to be led by the Lord as they craft the remaining opinions of this term.
  • For the safety of the Supreme Court justices as they issue decisions that may spark protests.

Sources: CNN, Market Watch


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