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More than 400 Starbucks workers at 21 stores seek to join union

More than 400 employees at 21 Starbucks stores filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Tuesday asking them to join the Starbucks union.

This is the largest single-day filing by Starbucks workers since the unionization drive began in 2021, the union said in a statement.

in letter Workers told Starbucks CEO Laxman Narasimhan that a lack of resources, poor working conditions, inconsistent schedules and increasing demands motivated them to unionize.

“Management teams across the country are compressing hours, creating inconsistent and unreliable schedules, and pushing more and more work onto fewer and fewer partners,” the employees wrote in Starbucks jargon. ing.

“Starbucks’ profit-driven actions are making our job impossible. Repeated promotions, aging equipment, and filthy stores just won’t cut it. This one-sided relationship is no longer working. That has never been clearer to us.”

Workers are demanding better pay, clear communication, input into decisions that affect their day-to-day work, and “manageable expectations.”

“While we believe that direct partner relationships are core to our culture and continually improve the partner experience, we We organize and reaffirm our purpose to respect the rights of our partners and negotiate initial contracts.” For this year’s representative store. ”

Trull said the company will invest more than 20% of its profits in 2023 on wages, training and equipment, and has raised total hourly wages for U.S. workers by nearly 50% since 2020.

“We urge all of our store partners who apply for representation to know the facts, make informed choices, and vote in a neutral secret ballot election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board. “Our aim is to ensure that the process is fair and that the voices of our partners are heard.”

According to the union, approximately 400 Starbucks stores in 42 states and the District of Columbia have successfully unionized since December 2021.

Since the campaign began, Starbucks has been accused of unlawful harassment, intimidation, and firing of employees who helped organize the union effort.

NLRB labor law judges found Starbucks guilty of illegal union sabotage in 48 of the 49 cases they decided. bloomberg law It was reported last week.

Starbucks recently joined SpaceX, Trader Joe’s, and Amazon (companies that have also faced high-profile labor law violations) in arguing that the structure of the NLRB and restrictions on dismissal of administrative law judges are unconstitutional.

The alleged union-busting campaign has sparked outrage in Washington. Last March, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee questioned former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on suspicion of labor law violations. Sen. Bernie Sanders (R-Vt.), the committee’s chairman, urged workers to continue their efforts to unionize.

a Recent third party evaluation Although Starbucks has made “consistent progress since organizing began,” there is no evidence that the company has an “anti-union strategy” or is engaging in “meaningful negotiations” with employees. There was found.

However, after the release of the report in December 2023, Melody Hobson, chair of the Starbucks Board of Directors, said, “While Starbucks has no intention of departing from the principles of freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining, we There is something that needs to be done.” to improve our stated commitments and adherence to these important principles. ”

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