Over 1,000 Starbucks Workers Across the US Are Walking Out for a 3-Day Strike

The strike is an escalation of the union marketing campaign as staff protest unfair labor practices from the corporate.

Greater than 1,000 Starbucks workers at about 100 stores nationwide walked off the job on Friday in protest of the corporate’s union busting, waging what’s now the biggest nationwide strike motion within the union marketing campaign’s historical past.

Employees are embarking on a three-day strike that can final via the weekend in what Starbucks Employees United has dubbed the “Double Down Strike,” in response to the corporate’s doubling down on union-busting efforts across the first anniversary of the primary Starbucks location unionizing, the union says.

“Starbucks despatched a transparent message after they closed the Broadway and Denny retailer,” mentioned Michelle Eisen, a Buffalo barista and Starbucks Employees United organizer. “They’re doubling down on their union-busting, so we’re doubling down, too. We’re demanding truthful staffing, an finish to retailer closures, and that Starbucks discount with us in good religion.”

The corporate’s refusal to discount with staff and continued alleged unfair labor practices are the principle causes for the strike, staff say. The strike represents an escalation of the employees’ efforts to drive Starbucks to work with the union regardless of the corporate’s fierce opposition.

“The principle cause why we’re taking this motion is due to unfair labor practices the corporate is partaking in that the [National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)] is investigating,” Collin Pollitt, a barista union organizer in Oklahoma Metropolis, Oklahoma, told In These Times. ​“The latest are the denial of credit card tipping to union shops, hours cuts and the closing of union shops.”

Certainly, the corporate has racked up 45 allegations of unlawful union busting from the NLRB, encompassing over 900 violations of federal labor legal guidelines, based on the union. Labor officers have sought to implement a few of the strictest actions that the labor board can take towards Starbucks, together with injunctions towards the corporate for refusing to barter and a nationwide stop and desist to cease the corporate from firing pro-union staff.

On the picket line, putting staff are encouraging prospects to not purchase reward playing cards for the vacations this yr as a part of the union’s “No Contract No Reward Playing cards” marketing campaign. Employees say that purchasing reward playing cards empowers the corporate to additional union bust.

“Annually, the corporate makes over 100 million {dollars} from reward playing cards which are by no means even utilized by prospects. This free cash given to Starbucks goes straight into their income and overfunded union-busting makes an attempt,” Nabretta Hardin, a unionized Tennessee barista, mentioned. “That is why we’re asking prospects to skip the reward playing cards this yr in solidarity with unionizing workers.”

Final month, about 1,000 staff walked out on the corporate’s “Pink Cup Day,” a high-grossing day for the corporate through which workers hand out purple vacation cups to prospects who order sure objects. The union as a substitute handed out purple union-branded cups and requested the corporate to offer staff a “true seat on the desk.”

Shortly after the “Pink Cup Rise up” strike, the corporate introduced that it was closing the Broadway and Denny location in Seattle, which was the primary location within the firm’s hometown to vote to unionize. The closure is the latest in a series of retailer shutdowns that seem like aimed particularly at unionized shops. To date, Starbucks staff have unionized over 260 shops, with Starbucks Employees United representing over 7,000 staff throughout the U.S.

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