Rehiring Policy???/

Mon, 01/19/2009 - 3:32am -- dave2k
Starbucks Forum: 

Dear Starbucks Partners,
My name is David Solomon,
And previously I worked at a Franchised Starbucks store for 2 years, before the store unfortunately closed down. It was, to date, my favorite job, and I have never had a job that I have been happier to work at. Needless to say, I was shattered after losing my job.

So after my store shut down, and horribly missing my previous employment, I applied at a corporate store. Suffice to say, I was a little against taking a pay cut, (my previous wage at the Franchised store was 11$/hr, and I was getting cut to 9$) But I braved it and worked there. However, after a while I found that my shifts were becoming increasingly more errant, (One time I recall having to be at my shift from 2:30 pm until 10:45 pm, then OPEN the next day at 5:30 am, which isn't even 8 hours between full shifts,) my co-workers gossiped everyday, despite my store having a "strict" no gossip policy, we used motor car anti-freeze to clean the outside glass and door of the store, and my manager would constantly tell me one thing one day, then tell me something completely different another day, and confuse me as to the correct way I should be doing things. As well, on one occasion I was on the schedule for SBUX experience training, and my Manager neglected to inform me about where to go, or what to do, and I ended up wasting several hours of my time for nothing, as he even told me the incorrect location for the experience training.

After about 2 and a half months, I was fed up with this, and I got a new job elsewhere, and it started the following day of when I was informed of it. I know I should have informed my manager about this, but I never had a very close relationship with him, so I went to my new job, then after that was over, I went in to Starbucks and informed one of my shift supervisors I couldn't handle it anymore and that I was quitting.

Starbucks then sent me my record of employment a few weeks later stating that I had quit my job.

Now, recently I have been going to a Starbucks where I see many of the redeeming qualities that I was originally attracted to when I first started working there, and it made me want to work at Starbucks again, in hopes that I would have a better, more fulfilling experience. So I re-applied for Starbucks, and was waiting for their reply, but unfortunately none came. I was distraught, because I really need a part-time job at this time, so I inquired to a Barista that I had befriended there as to what was going on. The Barista informed me that his manager had told him that they couldn't re-hire me because it said on my record that I was fired! Although it CLEARLY states on my record of employment that this was not the case.

I'm really distraught by this, and I was wondering what I could do about this matter, because I don't think that this is right.

Any and all input on the matter is welcome! Thanks!!

- David Solomon -

Submitted by Star on

David2k, workers have workers rights and should not have to just accept these arbitrary supervisors rules which change from moment to moment. Workers deserve "Due Process" in any and all adverse actions against employees/baristas. Notify the IWW Union and tell them about your situation. This is why Starbucks baristas are joining the union for better working conditions. www.iwwunion.org

Submitted by Unionwillfight24 on

Well quitting wasnt the way to go, but it doesn't mean you can't change things if you want you can help your coworkers to have a better work place. tell them about the union and to apply online and one of our online union representative will contact you or your co-workers.

Joe

Submitted by Star on

Contact www.iww.org (513) 591-1905 for help in formulating better working conditions at Starbucks.