Curtailing Starbucks’s War on Its Unionized Baristas


Publish Date:
May 19, 2023
The American Prospect
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William B. Gould IV, chairman of the NLRB under President Clinton, voiced concern that if this tactic remains in place for several years, it could doom the unionization drive. “The biggest problem of all is if this policy stays frozen in place for two or three or four years, that’s the end, there’s no way this organizing drive will succeed,” Gould said. He said that by also dragging its feet in contract negotiations, Starbucks heightens baristas’ worries about delays in obtaining raises and benefits. (Starbucks asserts that it’s the union that is delaying negotiations.)

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