July 21, 2024

KPTV: Portland-area unionized Starbucks workers on strike Friday

PORTLAND Ore. (KPTV) – Unionized Starbucks partners in Oregon and Washington will strike on Friday in protest of the company’s actions during Pride Month.

In a statement from Starbucks Workers United on Thursday, they asked the Seattle-based company to “end its attacks on LGBTQIA+ workers as part of its relentless union-busting campaign that includes threatening workers’ access to benefits and refusing to let partners put up pride decorations at dozens of stores across the country.”

The strike is part of a nationwide demonstration that has been going on for six days over what they claim is a change in store policies that has led to the removal of Pride Month decorations.

More than 3,000 employees at more than 150 Starbucks locations nationwide have so far joined the strike, claiming unfair labor practices in the company’s reluctance to negotiate with them about what they claim are modifications to its decoration policy.