Checking Again on Unions

Regrettably, it seems the broad subject of unionization and what organized labor is doing is becoming a regular feature in Small Regular No Sugar! of late. This week, two more Starbucks stores in the Boston area (now totaling 4 in Boston market) as well as a store in Tallahassee Florida filed for union representation elections…

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Competitor News

Aside from its growing union issues, Starbucks this week reversed course on its own previously announced employee vaccine-or-test mandate after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Biden administration vaccine-or-test mandate. Starbucks told employees this week that the company will no longer require its US workers to be vaccinated or undergo weekly testing as it had…

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NLRB Certifies 2nd Starbucks Union

We may collectively be looking past the current unionizing troubles befalling Starbucks, but franchisees who do, do so at their own peril! Last week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) certified union representation for the second Starbucks store in the Buffalo market. The union effort that ended on December 8 was originally reported to have…

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That Was Quick!

Newly unionized Starbucks workers in the company’s Elmwood New York store wasted n time in flexing their new union muscles, walking off the job this week and forcing the company to close that store for the day. The six scheduled employees who walked out then formed a picket line outside the store. The Elmwood store…

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Starbucks Union Issue Spreading

Coming on the heels of employees in one Buffalo market Starbucks store formally voting to unionize, efforts to replicate that first successful unionizing effort in the company are spreading. Before the ink on the NLRB union ratification had even dried, employees at three other Buffalo area stores began similar organizing efforts and employees from two…

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Competitor News

You know about the unionizing issues that Starbucks is confronting, but it also has been hit with a class action lawsuit alleging that the company’s youth recruitment program equated to “a blatant campaign of age discrimination in hiring”. A 59-year-old former manager filed a proposed class action to include all individuals over the age of…

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Union Win, Loss & Dispute in Buffalo

One of the three Starbucks stores voting in an NLRB union representation election in the Buffalo market voted to accept representation by the Starbuck Worker United, while another rejected the union and a third was in dispute as of last night. According to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which tabulated the votes yesterday, employees…

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Unionizing QSR Effort Spreading

For the past few months, we’ve kept an eye on the efforts of some Starbucks employees to unionize stores in the Buffalo New York market and we await the final results of that ongoing election – the voting closes on December 8 and NLRB begins the vote counting on December 9. At the same time…

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Competitor News

Starbucks announced this week that it had opened a co-branded store with Amazon Go without any checkout process. The New York City location features Starbucks’ full menu, a variety of food and beverages in the Amazon Go market, and a lounge with workspaces, expanded tables, power outlets, and USB ports. We also noted recently that Panera…

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Starbucks Bringing in the Heavy Guns

Speaking a bit about unionizing and union issues, the battle between Starbucks and workers in some of its stores in Buffalo New York is heating up. As we told you last week, the NLRB rejected the company’s proposal that all 20 of its Buffalo stores be allowed to vote on unionizing and instead limited it…

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