Boston becomes Starbucks’ newest battleground

Working Lunch: This week’s episode of the podcast from Align Public Strategies features Tori Bedford with WGBH in Boston and Phil Wilson, president and general counsel of the Labor Relations Institute.

The Starbucks battle has now spread to Boston.

This week’s episode of the podcast “Working Lunch” features a deep dive into the union battle. Tori Bedford, with WGBH in Boston, discusses what’s going on as workers at two locations of the coffee giant in the city take up their own effort to form a union.

In addition, Phil Wilson, president and general counsel of the Labor Relations Institute, joins the podcast to provide insights on the unionization of a Starbucks in Buffalo, the effort in Boston, and how employers should be prepared.

The podcast is hosted by Joe Kefauver, managing partner with Align, and Franklin Coley, a partner with the firm.

Align Public Strategies is a public affairs and creative firm that works with corporations, governments and nonprofits.

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