Billionaire Howard Schultz returned as CEO of Starbucks to stop worker organizing in his company. But baristas at the New York City Reserve Roastery aren’t budging.
The labor movement is experiencing a mini-revival, with a fresh round of teacher strikes and the first-ever unionization of a US Amazon fulfillment center. And Starbucks workers, who are organizing union drives with the Starbucks Workers United campaign, are the crest of this new wave. Since the first unionization of a US Starbucks shop in Buffalo at the end of last year, nine additional stores have won elections, with almost two hundred more stores filing union petitions across the country.