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(NPR)   More than 300 Starbucks stores have held union elections in the last year with 245 voting in favor, and make no mistake, the rich assh*** who owns the company feels both inconvenienced and retaliatory   (npr.org) divider line
    More: Obvious, Unfair labor practice, National Labor Relations Act, Trade union, National Labor Relations Board, Starbucks, Starbucks workers, Starbucks stores, still more union elections  
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729 clicks; posted to Business » on 02 Oct 2022 at 8:35 PM (9 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-10-02 6:14:40 PM  
Can't close them all
 
2022-10-02 7:39:11 PM  
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2022-10-02 7:43:29 PM  
Starbucks' revenue rose in the third quarter of this year, exceeding expectations.

So the Unions are clearly helping.
 
2022-10-02 8:44:52 PM  
Can't the executives just make coffee at home?
 
2022-10-02 8:59:01 PM  
Starbucks has one clear and consistent message: Employees don't need a union because the company has always provided for them - with competitive wages, health care, free college tuition and other benefits.

To prove the point, back in May, Schultz announced raises and a slate of new benefits for Starbucks employees, including faster sick time accrual, expanded training opportunities and credit card tipping.

(Many baristas cite tipping as a central issue in their demands, because unlike at many cafes and dine-out restaurants, credit card machines at Starbucks do not allow or prompt customers to add tips.)

But there was a catch. Schultz said the newly announced raises and benefits would apply only to nonunion stores.


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2022-10-02 9:11:16 PM  
The CEO isn't the one making the coffee at 6AM. Something that should give the workers some solace.
 
2022-10-02 9:15:27 PM  
Good fark that ahole I hope more stores go union and it spreads to Amazon, Walmart and Target.
 
2022-10-02 9:24:14 PM  

Bith Set Me Up: (Many baristas cite tipping as a central issue in their demands, because unlike at many cafes and dine-out restaurants, credit card machines at Starbucks do not allow or prompt customers to add tips.)


This doesn't exactly paint the baristas in a particularly good light. Those credit card machines that prompt for a tip for takeout are evil.
 
2022-10-02 9:33:37 PM  
"Employees don't need a union".

LOL. If that were true, they wouldn't care if you joined.  The fact that they fight so hard against unionization tells you all you need to know about how effective it is.
 
2022-10-02 9:41:27 PM  
How did the union drives succeed? Not one of the sign up forms had a name spelled correctly.
 
2022-10-02 9:50:30 PM  
 
2022-10-02 9:57:01 PM  
All those so-called liberals like Howard Schultz and Jeff Bezos love to talk the talk but won't walk the walk when it comes to business and squeezing as much profit as they can at the expense of their employees.
 
2022-10-02 10:20:53 PM  
and how many remained open?
 
2022-10-02 10:35:07 PM  
so more self serve kiosks it is
 
2022-10-02 10:35:50 PM  

kkinnison: and how many remained open?


It sure seems like the NRLB should investigate any store that closes within (X) months of unionizing. That they can do this with impunity is obscene.
 
2022-10-02 10:57:16 PM  
I don't know if the Dutch Bros coffee drive thru only things are popping up nationwide, but it's a brilliant business idea. The most profitable product, with no people standing around. No WiFi, no bathrooms. All your customers are outside, so no problems with racist service claims. Starbucks has been struggling to get out of restaurants, because a customer sitting is taking up expensive retail commercial real estate.

Next business idea, chicken sandwich shop that only serves chicken sandwiches in a drive thru only format. Chick-fil-a has been building new restaurants with seating, but that means they couldn't add more fryers to serve the cars curled around the building.
 
2022-10-03 12:47:58 AM  

wildcardjack: I don't know if the Dutch Bros coffee drive thru only things are popping up nationwide, but it's a brilliant business idea. The most profitable product, with no people standing around. No WiFi, no bathrooms. All your customers are outside, so no problems with racist service claims. Starbucks has been struggling to get out of restaurants, because a customer sitting is taking up expensive retail commercial real estate.



Starbucks' original gimmick was that they were a hangout place- like a pub that sold coffee and pastries instead of beer. The ambience and experience is a big part of the sales pitch.
 
2022-10-03 2:55:22 AM  

runwiz: All those so-called liberals like Howard Schultz and Jeff Bezos love to talk the talk but won't walk the walk when it comes to business and squeezing as much profit as they can at the expense of their employees.


They are meritocratic liberals. They believe your job indicates your value as a person and that the stronger/richer rule over the weaker/poorer by right of having "earned" their position in social competition. Just they believe the powerful should show very basic noblesse oblige.

The right wing is similar, but with more emphasis on being the right type of person (racially, religiously, or otherwise) to be qualified to rule, and with less of the token niceness to the help.
 
2022-10-03 3:12:13 AM  
Oh my, 300 out of over 15,000.   In a year.  Things must really suck at Starbucks.
 
2022-10-03 4:12:34 AM  

psychosis_inducing: wildcardjack: I don't know if the Dutch Bros coffee drive thru only things are popping up nationwide, but it's a brilliant business idea. The most profitable product, with no people standing around. No WiFi, no bathrooms. All your customers are outside, so no problems with racist service claims. Starbucks has been struggling to get out of restaurants, because a customer sitting is taking up expensive retail commercial real estate.


Starbucks' original gimmick was that they were a hangout place- like a pub that sold coffee and pastries instead of beer. The ambience and experience is a big part of the sales pitch.


My Starbucks has been actively forcing out the homeless. This just started the other week. Don't want to buy one of their products? Hit the road.
 
2022-10-03 6:48:25 AM  

hestheone: Things must really suck at Starbucks.


The coffee sure does
 
2022-10-03 7:29:02 AM  
Ahem... (taps mic)

Starbucks is a privately traded company, and has been for 30 years.  There is no singular "rich ass***" who owns the company.  There's just us, the normal everyday people who own slivers of the company either directly or indirectly. The CEO is the person we hire, through our indirect action or inaction, to run the company on our behalf.

That said...

Seems like a good opportunity for someone with more expertise and time on their hands than me to start a mutual or ETF that is devoted to union friendly companies, or at least unionized companies.  It would be an offshoot of the existing ESG funds. If you feel so strongly about unions, you could move your funds there.

Yeah, it wouldn't perform as well as the S&P large or mid cap index funds, but like selecting green home electricity plans or paying for carbon offsets, it's something you could do to align your life with your stated values. If you put all your assets in there you might have to delay retirement longer, such is the price. I
 
2022-10-03 8:21:58 AM  

Red Shirt Blues: psychosis_inducing: wildcardjack: I don't know if the Dutch Bros coffee drive thru only things are popping up nationwide, but it's a brilliant business idea. The most profitable product, with no people standing around. No WiFi, no bathrooms. All your customers are outside, so no problems with racist service claims. Starbucks has been struggling to get out of restaurants, because a customer sitting is taking up expensive retail commercial real estate.


Starbucks' original gimmick was that they were a hangout place- like a pub that sold coffee and pastries instead of beer. The ambience and experience is a big part of the sales pitch.

My Starbucks has been actively forcing out the homeless. This just started the other week. Don't want to buy one of their products? Hit the road.


So they can let paying customers use the seating? What monsters!
 
2022-10-03 9:33:14 PM  

Representative of the unwashed masses: So they can let paying customers use the seating? What monsters!


Nah, better let the homeless do what they want so they can destroy the place like they do everything else they touch. That's totally good for business.
 
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