‘We’re doubling down,’ Starbucks workers say as they launch strike, this week in the war on workers

‘We’re doubling down,’ Starbucks workers say as they launch strike, this week in the war on workers

On Friday, Starbucks workers started a three-day strike at as many as 100 stores, following a one-day, 110-store walkout last month.

The workers are protesting the closure of some stores that have unionized, as well as Starbucks management’s refusal to negotiate in a timely way, as the company continues to drag its feet on reaching a first contract agreement at any of the more than 250 stores that have unionized so far. While Starbucks has lost a large majority of union representation votes held so far, the refusal to negotiate represents ongoing efforts to break the union. That’s on top of all of the union activists it has fired or disciplined at stores across the country. 

“The main reason why we’re taking this action is because of unfair labor practices the company is engaging in that the NLRB is investigating,” Collin Pollitt, a Starbucks worker and organizer in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, said. ​“The most recent are the denial of credit card tipping to union stores, hours cuts and the closing of union stores.”

“They’re doubling down on their union-busting, so we’re doubling down, too,” union activist Michelle Eisen said in a statement. “We’re demanding fair staffing, an end to store closures, and that Starbucks bargain with us in good faith.”

● Public defenders in Maryland voted to unionize by some truly staggering margins. They were able to unionize after the state legislature passed a bill legalizing it, and overrode Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of the bill. They want improvements to pay, workload, and retention.

● This is infuriating on so many levels: private equity-backed child care chains see universal child care as a threat to their profit margins. Why? It could “place downward pressure on the tuition and fees we charge, which could adversely affect our revenues,” according to one. Sorry, parents, no affordable child care for you—Bright Horizons and Kindercare need higher profit margins!

● No union? You still have a right to strike.

● Unions were central to the fight to win a millionaire tax in Massachusetts. Massachusetts Teachers Association President Max Page explains how they did it through years of organizing.

● Proposed New York state minimum wage legislation would boost wages for nearly 2.9 million workers, the Economic Policy Institute’s Sebastian Martinez Hickey explains.

“We feel like we’ve been backed into a corner,” Thayer said. “We feel like we’re in a fight not only for our livelihoods, but also for the newspaper itself, the soul of the newspaper.” https://t.co/GLPaqWd0Vc

— PacificMediaWorkers (@PacMediaGuild) December 14, 2022


The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Fort Worth Star-Telegram have been recruiting journalists to help break strikes at their respective papers.https://t.co/jR0Uu7JKnR

— Poynter (@Poynter) December 13, 2022

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