Report: Starbucks union asks company to extend recent benefits to unionized stores


Marianne Wilson, Chain Store Age  



Labor organizers representing Starbucks' unionized employees are speaking up.


Starbucks Workers United wrote a letter to Starbucks interim CEO Howard Schultz in which the group said that Starbucks can legally offer benefits to employees at unionized stores without bargaining, as long as the union agrees, reported CNBC. which obtained a copy of the letter. To date, approximately 200 of Starbucks's approximately 9,000 U.S. stores have voted to unionize.


In May, Starbucks announced a new round of pay hikes and other benefits for employees that included the average hourly wage going up $17 per hour, and a 7% pay increase to employees with more than five years of experience. But it said the new benefits will not apply to workers at the locations that have voted to unionize. Such changes at unionized stores would have to come through bargaining, the retailer noted...


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