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Starbucks workers more determined as bosses try and block union recognition drive

STARBUCKS workers in New York said yesterday that bosses’ union-busting tactics only made them more determined to fight for fair treatment and working conditions.

They alleged that managers had closed down the Walden branch in the city’s Buffalo district where the union recognition campaign started.

Starbucks Workers United said that the reason given was “cleaning and retraining” purposes, with the closure supposedly due to last a few weeks.

But they claimed that, in reality, the site was being used to train “new green beans hired into Buffalo stores.”

These workers are then deployed to Starbucks branches that have filed for union recognition, as part of efforts to undermine collective organising, the workers said.

“For this reason and more, we are more resolute than we were when we started this campaign,” Starbucks Workers United said.

“We want a voice in our workplace and the only way we will have that is with a union contract. We demand that Starbucks stop interfering in our union campaign and let us have a real voice.”

Bosses’ alleged union-busting tactics also include inviting workers to “intimidating one-to-one meetings” and bombarding staff with propaganda.

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