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Starbucks union calls for workers to strike over unproven claims company banned Pride decorations

Starbucks Workers United announced Friday’s strike in Seattle after perpetuating an unproven claim that Starbucks banned Pride decorations in its stores (which the coffee giant has clearly denied for records). I called a store employee. The union, which is pushing for unionization at Starbucks stores and is currently negotiating labor contracts, appears to be coercing the company into yielding to its demands.

The union noted that a further 150 establishments had pledged to join the strike.

According to the union, Starbucks has removed and banned LBGT-promoting decorations in its stores during Pride Month. However, little evidence has been presented to support those claims.

Last week, Starbucks Workers United twitter The coffee chain announced it would “ban on-store pride decorations,” making it “the first year that a publicly ‘LGBTQ+ pro-‘ company has taken this kind of stance.”

After customers discovered Target was selling LGBT-themed children’s apparel and “tuck-friendly” swimwear and faced calls to boycott, the union said Starbucks was “yielding to anti-LGBTQ+ pressure.” I got a hint from the target that I did,” he criticized.

Starbucks last week denied union rumors that it had banned Pride decorations in its stores.

“We have not changed our policy on this matter and continue to encourage our store leaders to celebrate with their communities, including during U.S. Pride Month in June,” a company spokeswoman said.

An internal Starbucks memo obtained by the union and shared on social media earlier this week, titled “Misinformation About Store Pride Decorations,” called the alleged ban “misinformation.”

“This is not true at all,” the note said.

In response to the memo, the union said Starbucks was “gassing workers, management and the general public.” The company “gives local leaders the autonomy to ‘find ways to celebrate'” and complains that “these leaders are the same as issuing many of the pride bans”. Stated.

So far, the union’s evidence for the ban on pride decorations comes from testimony from disgruntled workers and a note from an Oklahoma City manager who claims the “local level” leadership reached a decision. is composed of Do not decorate Pride month last year.

Starbucks Workers United said Friday that about 3,500 employees at more than 150 Starbucks stores are planning a strike over alleged pride bans.

“Strike with pride!” the union wrote twitter. “Seattle Roastery is leading a nationwide Starbucks strike over Starbucks’ hypocritical treatment of LGBTQIA+ employees. More than 150 stores and more than 3,500 employees are on strike over the next week. I plan to come in.”

the union said CNBC In addition, 24 Starbucks stores have voted to approve the strike, and up to 200 may join the strike by the end of the week.

The union also acknowledged that part of the cause of the strike was a standstill in contract negotiations between the parties. While accusing Starbucks of deliberately delaying negotiations, the company claimed that it responded to only a quarter of the more than 450 negotiation sessions proposed by unions.

“Good faith negotiations look like both sides are making offers and trying to strike a middle ground, which Starbucks doesn’t want to do,” the union said. “Even though our non-economic proposal has been going on for over eight months, and our economic proposal has been on for over a month, Starbucks has not tentatively agreed to any single line of proposal, nor has it agreed to a single line of proposal. We haven’t even been able to come up with a counter-offer.What Starbucks is doing is not negotiating.” ”

Starbucks told CNBC, “Workers United continues to spread false information about our benefits, policies and bargaining efforts. It’s a tactic used to look away from things.”

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