Starbucks workers plan to walk off the job Thursday

Thousands of union-sympathetic Starbucks baristas and workers walked of the job.

Thousands of Starbucks workers plan to walk off the job on November 16 in what organizers say is the largest strike yet in the two-year-old effort to unionize the company’s stores.

Driving the news: The Workers United union chose Starbucks’ annual Red Cup Day to stage the walkout since it’s usually one of the busiest days of the year. Starbucks expects to give away thousands of reusable cups Thursday to customers who order holiday drinks.


  • “The union said it was expecting more than 5,000 workers to take part in its Red Cup Rebellion. Around 30 stores also staged walkouts on Wednesday,” the article stated.
  • The strikes have had little impact on Starbucks’ sales, however, for its 2023 fiscal year, which ended on Oct. 1, Starbucks reported its revenue rose 12% to a record $360 billion.
  • At least 363 company-operated Starbucks stores in 41 states have voted to unionize since late 2021. Starbucks opposes the unionization effort and has yet to reach a labor agreement with any of the stores that have voted to unionize.
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