This weekend, numerous Starbucks employees in the US will be on strike for three days. Reasons for Starbucks Workers to Strike explained below.
This comes after the staff staged what they dubbed the Red Cup Rebellion on November 17 by walking out for one day on Red Cup Day.
Red Cup Day is one of the busiest days of the year for the coffee chain because it is an annual promotion in which Starbucks distributes free reusable holiday cups.
The strikes, which were planned by a group called Starbucks Workers United, involved over 100 locations and more are scheduled for this weekend.
With employees striking on December 16, 17, and 18, the walkout is once again affecting 100 stores. But why? Find out by reading on.
Starbucks Workers United: What is it?
Starbucks Partners from all over the US have come together to form Starbucks Workers United, which is working with Workers United Upstate to “organize our workplaces.”
They want the coffee chain to become a unionized company so that employees can have more say in various aspects of their jobs.
According to Unison, a trade union is “a group of workers who come together to maintain and improve their conditions of employment.”
They support their members, offer aid, and engage in negotiations to secure better working conditions and pay for employees.
Unions frequently make their points by organizing strikes, during which employees don’t report to work for a set period of time and aren’t paid.
The aim of the strikes is to annoy the company, in this case Starbucks, so that they give in to the union’s demands.
Reasons for Starbucks workers to strike?
Starbucks employees are on strike in support of unionization. According to Starbucks Workers United (SWU), this walkout is specifically a protest against Starbucks’ closure of union stores.
They wrote on Instagram, “Starbucks doubled down on their union-busting, so we’re doubling down our fight for a contract.”
Building a union at every corporate store in Buffalo, according to SWU, “will give us a real voice over our jobs and legal protections that non-union workers do not have.”
According to them, establishing unionized stores will give employees “a real voice” in a variety of areas, including policy-setting, rights, health and safety, protections against wrongful termination, rights regarding leaves of absence, benefits, and wages.