Starbucks Baristas Are Unionizing, and Even Howard Schultz Can’t Make Them Stop

The return of the company’s longtime CEO hasn’t slowed the workers, who are inspiring activists at Amazon and showing the extent of labor’s new power.

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Hasnain says:

Schultz’s second run as ceo will (hopefully) go down as one where he tried to put in crazy amounts of horrible changes to try - and fail at - bust unions. Workers unite!

“But growing numbers of baristas are saying the company’s Covid policies have radicalized them, even if other chains’ conditions may be similar or worse. Both before and during the pandemic, they say, Starbucks consistently prioritized cost-cutting over their basic needs. The company rolled out $3-per-hour hazard pay in March 2020—but rolled it back after two months. Workers say that Starbucks refused to pay them during self-isolation following exposures if they hadn’t tested positive and that it didn’t do anything to help them secure tests. Twenty people who’ve worked at Starbucks during the pandemic say understaffing has gotten severe enough that it’s sometimes been a struggle to make it to the bathroom. Two of them say they’ve soiled themselves at work because they had no backup.”

Posted on 2022-05-13T10:43:34+0000