Starbucks roastery workers in Seattle go on strike amid accusations of union-busting

Seattle, Washington - Starbucks workers went on strike on Sunday at the Seattle roastery to protest the company's ongoing union-busting campaign.

Starbucks workers and supporters picket outside the company's Seattle roastery.
Starbucks workers and supporters picket outside the company's Seattle roastery.  © Screenshot/Twitter/SeattleSBWU

Seattle roastery workers joined forces with community members and baristas at others stores to strike outside one of the largest Starbucks locations in the world.

Roastery workers won their union in April amid calls for better wages and benefits. Since then, the coffee company has refused to come to the bargaining table and announced that they are once again seeking to challenge the election results.

Starbucks has also threatened to close five other Seattle stores, including two unionized locations, claiming they are concerned about crime in the area. Employees at the five locations will be transferred to other stores, but the Olive Way and Union Station workers will only have union representation if their new stores are also unionized.

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Starbucks workers across the city have accused the company of using the store closures as a union-busting tool. Now they are standing up and fighting back, letting big companies know that solidarity knows no bounds.

"This is truly our last resort. We love our jobs and we love working at Starbucks, but we can't afford to work there anymore," a roastery worker named Mark told Starbucks Worker Solidarity.

Workers are definitely hitting the company where it hurts. The Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle can bring in $50,000-$60,000 per day on Sundays alone, the solidarity group said.

Cover photo: Screenshot/Twitter/SeattleSBWU

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