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May 4, 2022 David Sirota

Starbucks’ Stunning Admission About Its Union Busting

The company quietly told investors that its profits are threatened by its public crusade against the labor movement
Starbucks’ Stunning Admission About Its Union Busting
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As Starbucks tries to crush a growing union drive among its workers, the company’s executives quietly admitted to investors that their anti-labor activities may destroy the coffee giant’s profits.

In the fine print of the company’s recent government filings, Starbucks first admits that “our wages and benefits programs may be insufficient,” but then slams unions, saying if labor organizing is successful “our labor costs could increase and our business could be negatively affected.”

Then the company made a stunning admission: “Our responses to any union organizing efforts could negatively impact how our brand is perceived and have adverse effects on our business, including on our financial results.”

Starbucks’ billionaire CEO Howard Schultz has been spearheading a public crusade to stop unionization — but so far more than 50 Starbucks stores have voted to unionize, and over 100 more have votes scheduled.

Just yesterday, Schultz announced that Starbucks would be raising wages at its stores — except at those stores which have unionized or have scheduled union votes. Labor law experts told The New York Times that withholding raises only from unionized workers, or workers in the process of unionizing, is likely illegal.


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