Starbucks Employees Protest Over Decor Policy

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Today, June 23, unionized Starbucks employees are striking over LGBTQIA+ staff treatment. "STRIKE WITH PRIDE!" Starbucks Workers United tweeted.

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Seattle Roastery joins national Starbucks strike over hypocritical LGBTQIA+ treatment. 150+ businesses and 3,500 staff will strike next week."

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This follows reports that some Starbucks outlets throughout the US have barred staff from decorating for Pride Month.

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@sbworkersunited released a popular TikTok video showing Pride flags being torn down and other Starbucks employees' experiences of management pushing them to remove Pride decorations or not letting them put any up.

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The union posted a press statement with detailed complaints from various Starbucks employees across many coffee shops.

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Since one Starbucks in Buffalo, New York sought to unionize in August 2021, organized labor has been a big topic. 300 of Starbucks' 9,000+ company-owned stores have voted on unionization but have yet to sign a deal with Workers United.

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Starbucks employees in many US locations struck in solidarity with LGBTQIA+ colleagues following accusations of stores denying Pride decorations during this month of celebration.

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Starbucks said that their Pride policies have never changed. "To be clear: There has been no change to company policies or corporate new guidance issued to store leaders regarding Pride Month celebrations," the chain declared on its website.

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We urge store leaders to celebrate the diversity of our partners and consumers in their communities, particularly for Pride Month. Within shop safety rules, our store leaders can decorate for heritage months like Pride Month.

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The statement says Workers United "continues to spread false information about our benefits, policies and negotiations efforts — a tactic used to seemingly divide our partners and deflect from their failure to react to bargaining sessions for more than 200 stores."

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Starbucks and Workers United continue to argue, with the union stating in an email that "Starbucks committed 161 national labor law violations, including 19 unlawful discharges."

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