Starbucks is asking the federal labor board to suspend all mail-in ballot union elections nationwide, alleging misconduct in the voting process by the board's personnel and the union organizing its baristas.
The Seattle-based coffee giant wrote in a letter to the chairman and general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board on Monday that the labor board's officials acted inappropriately during an election in the Kansas City area and has likely acted similarly in other elections.
In its statement to CNBC, Starbucks Workers United said that Starbucks is trying to take attention away from its anti-union activity and halt union elections.
According to Starbucks, NLRB officials allegedly coordinated with union agents to arrange for in-person voting at the labor board's offices during mail-in ballot elections.
NLRB officials and Workers United then allegedly coordinated to cover up this activity, the company said.
Starbucks' letter details email correspondence that allegedly occurred between union representatives and labor board officials.