Starbucks employees across the United States are planning a three-day strike starting Friday as part of an effort to organize the coffee chain’s stores.
More than 1,000 baristas at 100 stores will be out, according to Starbucks Workers United, the labor group organizing the effort. The strike will be the longest in the unionization campaign a year ago.
The union expects some stores to close entirely as a result of the strike. At other locations, management or other employees may keep the store open.
A message was left with Starbucks on Friday morning asking for comment.
This is the second major strike in a month by US workers at Starbucks. On November 17, employees at 110 Starbucks stores one day strikeThe initiative coincides with Starbucks’ annual Red Cup Day, offering reusable cups to customers who order holiday drinks.
More than 264 of Starbucks’ 9,000 U.S. company-owned stores have voted to unionize since late last year.
Starbucks opposes unionization efforts, saying the company works better when it works directly with employees. .
Tori Tamberini, a former Starbucks shift supervisor and union organizer who was laid off in July, said she will be picketing in Pittsburgh this weekend. He said he was protesting poor management and what he called Starbucks’ “scorched-earth method of busting unions.”
Workers United noted that Starbucks recently closed its first unionized store in the company’s hometown of Seattle. Starbucks has announced that it has closed for safety reasons.
Starbucks and the union have begun contract negotiations at about 50 stores, but no agreement has been reached.
This process is controversial. Workers United has filed at least 446 unfair labor practices charges against Starbucks since the end of last year, according to the National Labor Relations Board, including the company firing labor organizers and refusing to negotiate. includes. Meanwhile, the company has filed 47 charges against the union, including allegations that it violated bargaining rules when recording sessions and posting the recordings online.
So far, the labor unrest does not appear to have subsided. starbucks salesStarbucks announced in November that its sales increased 3% from July to September to a record $8.41 billion.
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