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Striking Starbucks Workers Rally Support for Union Push (1)

Nov. 18, 2022, 6:54 PM

Starbucks Corp. baristas, on strike Thursday at about 100 locations across the nation demanding better pay and treatment, were attempting to grab the company’s attention by disrupting business.

Seattle-based Starbucks has been attempting to blunt a unionization effort that’s taken hold across the US. The chain has raised wages, and introduced new equipment and training to appease its employees. So far about 250 of Starbucks’s 9,000 US company-run locations have voted to unionize.

Demonstrators outside of a Starbucks in New York, on Thursday.
Photographer: Angel Adegbesan/Bloomberg

The union organizers targeted Thursday specifically, Red Cup Day, an annual occasion when Starbucks hands out free, reusable cups to customers. It’s typically a high-volume day ...