This story was originally published by Them.

Multiple employees have alleged that Starbucks is threatening to take away trans healthcare coverage at locations that plan to unionize, according to a Bloomberg report. The move comes shortly after the company offered to cover employee costs for travel expenses for obtaining trans and reproductive health care.

Workers United, the coffee chain’s burgeoning union, filed a charge against the company with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Monday, according to a copy of the charge obtained by Them. The filing alleges that in the past six months, Starbucks has created a “coercive and hostile environment meant to intimidate and prevent its employees from supporting Workers United.”

That reportedly includes “threatening employees with the loss of benefits (including the loss of gender-affirming healthcare for transgender employees) if they voted to be represented by a union,” in addition to reducing hours, removing store managers following union activities, offering pay raises to non-unionized stores, and more. (It’s worth noting that Starbucks’ trans healthcare coverage only extends to those who work at least 20 hours a week, meaning that cutting hours is a double-edged sword for trans workers who don’t want to lose their coverage.)

Neha Cremin, a Starbucks worker in Oklahoma City, told Them via email that most of her coworkers are queer, with many of them relying on trans healthcare benefits.

“We are uniquely vulnerable when Starbucks makes veiled threats that gender-affirming healthcare could be taken away,” Cremin said.

That includes a threat against her personally, as Cremin detailed to Bloomberg. Cremin’s manager reportedly told her in a recent meeting that she wasn’t anti-union, but also said, “Just know that if you unionize, when you are negotiating your benefits, you could gain, you could lose, or you could stay the same.” The manager then pointedly added that they knew Cremin had used the trans healthcare benefits.

NLRB has received over 200 complaints regarding Starbucks in the past year, according to Vice. But alleged retaliation against trans workers in the form of threats to take away coverage for gender-affirming healthcare would represent a new low in the ongoing fight to unionize, especially for a company that proudly touts its progressive values.

Anonymous employees in other states told Bloomberg that they had reportedly experienced similar retaliation tactics. One Pittsburgh barista alleged that her plans for surgery were brought up in a meeting with two managers, who suggested that if she unionized that benefit might go away. The anonymous employee told Bloomberg that her managers asked “what would happen if her co-workers didn’t care about trans health care and negotiated a new benefit package without it.”

Although Starbucks doesn’t mention trans healthcare by name, that’s a tactic straight from the company’s anti-union site. Under the site’s “10 Things to Know About a Union” section, one bullet point reads, “In a final agreement, the union might sacrifice certain terms and conditions of employment you thought were essential. The union might also negotiate away current conditions that matter a lot to you.” Another bullet point reads, “Compensation can increase, decrease or remain the same. It can be a gamble.” Starbucks did not return a request for comment in time for publication.





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