Starbucks workers at hundreds of stores across the United States walked off the job on Red Cup Day, the chain’s annual event marking the start of the holiday season. The walkouts were part of a nationwide protest organized by Starbucks Workers United, a union representing the company’s employees.
Workers are demanding improved staffing, better wages, and more secure scheduling. They say that the company is not adequately staffing stores to meet the increased demand during the holiday season, which is leading to long wait times and overworked employees. They also say that the company’s pay and scheduling practices are not fair, and that they are not able to make ends meet.
The walkouts come at a time of growing labor unrest across the United States. In recent months, workers at Amazon, Kellogg’s, and John Deere have all gone on strike. These strikes are a sign of growing frustration among workers who are feeling the pressure of rising costs of living and stagnant wages.
Starbucks has said that it is “committed to working with our partners” to resolve the issues that have led to the walkouts. The company has also said that it is “open to considering” unionization.
However, workers say that the company has not been responsive to their demands. They say that the company has made only minor changes to its staffing and scheduling practices, and that the company has not made any significant progress on wages.
The Impact of the Walkouts
The walkouts are having a significant impact on Starbucks’ business. The company has been forced to close some stores, and wait times at other stores have increased. The company’s stock price has also fallen in recent days.
The walkouts are also having an impact on Starbucks’ reputation. The company is facing criticism from customers and employees alike. Some customers have said that they will no longer shop at Starbucks, and some employees have said that they are considering quitting.
The Future of Starbucks
It is unclear how the walkouts will end. However, it is clear that the company is facing a major challenge. Starbucks will need to make significant changes to its labor practices in order to appease its workers and its customers.