On February 9, Steve Mulroy wrote a letter to Starbucks Corp.’s president and CEO, co-signed by local elected officials, to “protest the firing of employees here seemingly related to efforts to unionize a Memphis store,” reported the Memphis Flyer.

The story gained national attention after the Starbucks workers – at the Highland and Poplar location – banned together to unionize and were subsequently fired.

Starbucks officials, however, said the employees “were fired for other reasons.”

From the Flyer:

“On Wednesday, several local elected officials wrote to Kevin Johnson, Starbucks’ president and CEO, to say the justifications of the firings were “disturbing.” For one, the employees should not have been fired for providing access for the media to cover the story, a move that “should be troubling to anyone concerned with press freedom and the free exchange of information.” For another, firing the workers on other, smaller violations of company policies “seems a harsh response,” leaders said in the letter.

The letter was penned by former Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy, who is now running for the Shelby County District Attorney General’s seat. It was co-signed by Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris, Tennessee State Sen. Raumesh Akbari (D-Memphis), Shelby County Commissioner Van Turner, Memphis City Council member Patrice Robinson, Memphis City Council member Dr. Jeff Warren, and Shelby County Commissioner Reginald Milton.”

The letter was mailed and emailed to the CEO, as well as shared in full on Twitter.

You can read the full letter by Steve and others here, and check out the Memphis Flyer article here.