According to the union that has been organizing Starbucks locations for a year, more than 2,000 Starbucks employees will strike on Thursday.
More than 2,000 employees at 112 Starbucks locations are slated to go on a one-day strike on Thursday, according to the union that has been organizing outlets for the past year.
According to the union, it is striking in protest of widespread retaliation against union supporters across the nation. Also, it is challenging the company’s alleged failure to initiate talks with the union regarding a labor deal. 264 shops in all have chosen to support union representation. Although shops cast their votes more than a year ago, no contracts have yet been signed.
“This is to show them we’re not playing around,” said Tyler Keeling, a 26-year-old union member who has spent the last six years working at a Starbucks in Lakewood, California, a city adjacent to Los Angeles. It’s finished with their anti-union retaliation and reluctance to bargain.
Each workplace choose whether or not to participate in the nationwide strike, according to Keeling and other union supporters. In the past, many companies have gone on brief strikes to express their concerns. But this is the country’s first protest.
According to Michelle Eisen, an organizer at the first Starbucks location to endorse the union in December, “there’s a lot of fear” when a shop decides to go on strike. ” Starbucks has started suing union leaders across the country. More than 2,000 workers are striking today and supporting one another around the country despite their anxiety.
He claimed that during the one-day strike at Keeling’s company in August, workers from nearby, non-union Starbucks (SBUX) outlets joined the picket line, and some patrons provided the strikers food and drinks.
How many stores will be open on Thursday during the walkout is unknown.
Around 2,000 employees participated in a one-day walkout at more than 100 Starbucks stores.
Unknown is the number of affected businesses that will be able to remain open throughout the strike.
The demonstration happens on Starbucks’ “Red Cup” day, when customers can receive discounts and extra bonus points for future purchases when they buy certain drinks.
Red Cup Day holds special cultural significance for Starbucks. People are driven nuts by it, according to Keeling. According to him, having the strike on a day with such a high number of consumers is a wonderful method to draw attention to anti-union efforts.
Starbucks Workers United has called their strike a “Red Cup Revolt,” and as a result, customers are now receiving red union cups.
Despite the fact that the union vote at their workplace isn’t until December 8, employees at a company in New York City across from the Port Authority Bus Terminal joined the picket line. According to the strikers, managers from neighboring businesses were helping to keep the shop open. Working personnel at the business declined to comment on the strike.