The National Labor Relations Board found that Voodoo Doughnut illegally fired employees for their heat-related strike, according to the company’s workers union. In statements from Doughnut Workers United and the Industrial Workers of the World, workers and union representatives report that the NLRB found merit in the unions’ claims of unfair labor practices.
In June 2021, a record-breaking heat wave hit Portland, which killed more than 100 people in Oregon and caused widespread heat exhaustion, power outages, and machinery failure at Portland restaurants, bars, and cafes. During the heat wave, a number of Voodoo Doughnut employees working at the Old Town location went on strike protesting the excessive
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