Starbucks employees strike at 100 U.S. stores

Starbucks employees, who began efforts to unionize last year, went on strike Thursday at 100 stores across the U.S. The strike coincides with the coffeehouse chain's annual Red Cup Day promotion.


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November 17, 2022 - 1:30 PM

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Starbucks workers at more than 100 U.S. stores are on strike Thursday in their largest labor action since a campaign to unionize the company’s stores began late last year.

The walkouts coincide with Starbucks’ annual Red Cup Day, when the company gives free reusable cups to customers who order a holiday drink. Workers say it’s often one of the busiest days of the year. Starbucks declined to say how many red cups it plans to distribute.

Workers say they’re seeking better pay, more consistent schedules and higher staffing levels in busy stores. Stores in 25 states planned to take part in the labor action, according to Starbucks Workers United, the group organizing the effort. Strikers are handing out their own red cups with union logos.

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