SAG-AFTRA & WGA East “Deeply Distressed” By Judge Ordering Starbucks Workers Attempting To Unionize To Turn Over Communiques With Reporters

A federal judge's decision has left SAG-AFTRA and the WGA East, which collectively represent hundreds of broadcast and web reporters, "very disturbed."

That would enable Starbucks to subpoena a variety of correspondence between employees looking to organise and media covering their efforts.

USA last month Judge John Sinatra Jr. of the District Court, a federal judge appointed by former President Donald Trump, made an extremely rare judgement ordering.

Emails and texts between the workers and "any digital, print, radio, TV, internet-based or other media outlet" regarding their organising drive must be turned over, according to the union trying to organise Starbucks employees in Buffalo, New York.

SAG-AFTRA and the WGA East issued a joint statement stating that "there are two fundamental concerns at stake here."

"One, the freedom of working people to speak with media about their hardships without worrying that their bosses may spy on them or take adverse action against them.