Starbucks faces walkout at hundreds of US stores

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The union representing thousands of Starbucks workers in the US is staging a walkout on one of the coffee chain’s busiest days of the year. The action comes amid a bitter fight between Starbucks and Starbucks Workers United, which started organising workers at the company in 2021. The two sides are fighting over pay, scheduling and other issues. Roughly 200 stores are expected to be affected by the 16 November work stoppage. Barista Michelle Eisen, one of the union’s leaders, said the company could afford ‘to do better by its workers.’ The protest is the second to coincide with Starbucks’ ‘Red Cup’ day, when the company distributes reusable, holiday-themed cups. In some locations, the walkout is set to last just a few hours, while in others it is expected to shutter the store for most of the day.” (11/15/23)