No. 22-1969.

99 F.4th 1118 (2024)

NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD, Petitioner, v. SIREN RETAIL CORPORATION dba Starbucks, Respondent, Workers United, Intervenor.

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Filed April 24, 2024.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Michael R. Hickson (argued), Senior Attorney; Elizabeth A. Heaney , Supervisory Attorney; David Habenstreit , Assistant General Counsel; Ruth E. Burdick , Deputy Associate General Counsel; Peter S. Ohr , Deputy General Counsel; Jennifer A. Abruzzo , General Counsel; National Labor Relations Board, Washington, D.C.; for Petitioner National Labor Relations Board.

Benjamin Berger (argued) and Dmitri Iglitzin , Barnard Iglitzin & Lavitt LLP, Seattle, WA, for Intervenor Workers United.

Gregory S. Fisher (argued), Littler Mendelson PC, Anchorage, Alaska; Ryan P. Hammond , Littler Mendelson PC, Seattle, Washington; Maury Baskin and Stefan Marculewicz , Littler Mendelson PC, Washington, D.C.; for Respondent Siren Retail Corporation dba Starbucks.

Before: M. Margaret McKeown, N. Randy Smith, and Gabriel P. Sanchez, Circuit Judges.


Starbucks's strained relationship with its unionized workers has been much in the news over the past few years. This case, which concerns a prolonged battle over the union election at the first Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle, is no exception.


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