There are 15 Starbucks locations. filing to unionize on MondayThe historic union drive continues as workers in stores across the country wage a strike.
According to Starbucks Workers United and workers at stores in California and Arizona, workers at Ithaca and Buffalo in New York as well as those at stores in Washington, California, Kansas, Missouri and Oregon will be filing.
According to Starbucks Workers United (SBU), Monday is also Monday the first day of collective bargainingThe Genesee and Elmwood locations are the locations that have already merged. Ballots for the three upcoming union elections in Buffalo are being mailed.
This milestone follows six stores – two locations in PhiladelphiaAnd four stores in Michigan – announcing union drives on Friday. Over the past week, 26 stores filed for unionization, bringing total to 26. the total to about 54Starbucks Workers United lists stores that are unionizing. Many of these union filings were made in January alone.
Starbucks stores have been filing for unionization a staggering pace. Many workers who have filed for unionization have mentioned similar working conditions: Corporate doesn’t pay enough attention to COVID safety, there are no grievance reporting procedures, workers are often underpaid, and stores are often understaffed. This creates a stressful work environment.
Despite the company’s supposed progressive valuesCorporate has been organizing anti-union meetings and posting anti-union propaganda. temporarily closing storesThat they are trying to unify. Last week, the Company requestedTo review rules already made by the NLRB for the election, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), should stop or pause a Mesa, Arizona union vote.
Some “potential hazards” to Starbucks partners:
– repetitive stress injuries
– burns and cuts
– matcha dust
– creepy customers
Not a “potential hazard” to Starbucks partners:
– collective bargaining
With a contract, we can negotiate health & safety language to reduce hazards! https://t.co/WUGKFXviYo
— jaz brisack (@jazbrisack) January 26, 2022
Meanwhile, workers at Boston-area stores reported being forced to attend meetings where management was present gives them pamphletsAnti-union messaging. The company claims, as many union-busting companies have done before, that the union would have “control” over the employees and that the union would “drive a wedge” between the company and its workers.
Workers from Allston, Massachusetts sent a request to corporate on Wednesday asking them to stop holding the so-called listening sessions.
“Although you have approached us with the goal of creating, in your own words, a ‘pro-partner and pro-fact’ environment, we have reached a team consensus that these meetings are antithetical to the spirit of the Starbucks mission and actively harm our store community for both our partners and customers,” the 17 workers wrote.
They said that the company has been “dismissive” toward concerns and that the meetings have had a “combative nature.” Though the company claims that forming a union would drive division, the workers wrote that the company’s meetings are actually making it harder for employees to foster a harmonious work environment.
The workers also said that the company has been peddling false information about the union – in one case, claiming that Buffalo workers only unionized because Workers United placed a plant in the region. The company later admitted that some of its anti union messaging might have been inaccurate.
“Although we appreciate the honest acknowledgements that much of this information has been wrong, this does not redeem the trust we have lost in Starbucks,” the workers said.