7 Starbucks Workers Fired in Memphis – Instacart Worker Killed on Job – Capitol Hill Staffing 

Starbucks workers protest in Memphis (Memphis Commercial Appeal)


Greetings from the Burgh folks, where Payday is tracking the latest happening at Starbucks. 

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Memphis Starbucks Organizers Fired

Unionizing campaigns at Starbucks have been gaining viral energy, with more than 70 stores in 20 states planning unionizing efforts. 

However, Starbucks now appears to be fighting back as momentum builds for a nationwide Starbucks workers’ union.

Yesterday, seven employees were fired while union organizing at a Starbucks in Memphis. Starbucks claims the workers were fired for breaking a variety of store policies, including allowing a local TV crew to film in the store. 

“They’re saying that I broke a whole bunch of policies that have never been enforced before,” former shift supervisor Nikki Taylor told WMC-TV. “I have worked for this company for two years and I have literally never been written up or talked to about any of the policies that I was fired for today.”

For more, check out WMC-TV. 

Noble Esports Workers Walk Out After Not Being Paid 

Workers at the website Noble Esports quit en masse this week after Noble Esports owner Kyle McDougal didn’t pay workers for a month. He also shut down the website. 

“Today, without paying us for our work OR formally terminating our contracts, Kyle has deactivated the @NobleGG Twitter account. I am missing a month of salary, as well as all of my work samples from the past year. It is incredibly frustrating and unfair. It is not our fault that the community has become aware of Kyle’s wrongdoings,” wrote one former employee on Twitter.  

For more, check out Dot Esports. 

Biden Backs Capitol Hill Unionization 

For years, congressional offices have struggled to retain staff because of low pay. Now, for the first time, both Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer are supporting the right of Congressional staff to unionize. 

Congress would have to pass a new law granting Capitol Hill staff collective bargaining rights to unionize. Today, President Biden signaled he would support such a law. 

“He supports the right of any individual to seek to join a union, to collective bargain, and of course Capitol Hill staffers are certainly individuals who are pursuing that,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a press conference yesterday.

For more, check out The Hill. 

Instacart Worker Killed on the Job
Finally, Payday Report pays tribute to 38-year-old Instacart worker Justin Krumbah who was killed in a shooting rampage while working in a Richland, Washington Fred Meyer supermarket.

The Independent has a look at his life: 

In his last post before he died, he had shared a photo of him smiling cheerily dressed in his work apron.

“Hi ho, hi ho, off to work I go!” he captioned the photo, posted on 26 January.

The enthusiastic worker spoke of his “pride” in his job when a friend commented that he wears an apron.

“I take pride in my work no matter what I do!” he responded.

“Always gotta be professional!! And it’s sped up my production time also!!”

For more, check out the Independent. 

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About the Author

Mike Elk
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter and alumni of the Guardian. In addition to filing nearly 2,000 stories from 46 states, Elk traveled with Lula from Sáo Bernando do Campos all the way to the Oval Office in the White House. Credited by the Washington Post for being the first reporter to track the strike wave systematically, Elk started Payday Report using his NLRB settlement from being illegally fired for union organizing in 2015. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and works frequently in Rio de Janeiro, where he attended college at PUC-Rio. He speaks both Portuguese and Pittsburghese fluently. His email is [email protected]

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