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In a reversal, Starbucks proposes restarting union talks and reaching contract agreements in 2024

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By DEE-ANN DURBIN

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The high coffee prices being charged should mean employees get a fair deal!

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The high coffee prices being charged should mean employees get a fair deal!

For a food service job, the benefits for all Starbucks employees are way higher than pretty much anywhere else. https://www.starbucks.com/careers/working-at-starbucks/benefits-and-perks/ is their publish list. They are provided more benefits than I had at my last corporate job at a Fortune 50 company earning over 6-figures when I started.

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It took them some time, but now it appears Starbucks has finally smelled the union covfefe. A unionized workforce will work more happily and that can't be bad for bizness.

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A quick check on the US NLRBs search site, shows 1,559 cases filed against the company from January 1, 2021 through today, 795 of which are open. I’m not sure if that is close to any kind of a record, but it is nevertheless is quite a few.

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It took them some time, but now it appears Starbucks has finally smelled the union covfefe. A unionized workforce will work more happily and that can't be bad for bizness.

I've been in a union, but it wasn't for food service people. It was a terrible outcome for me. I lost real-wages every year I worked there. The negotiated pay raises didn't keep up with inflation. 1.5% every 18 months under that union contract for all union members. Benefits were pretty standard for that position, with or without the union.

I've gotten the opportunity to work with trade unions later in my career. Much of the time, this was a good thing. The workers were conscientious and deliberate in their work. They weren't the fastest, but were well trained and did 95% of what their job entailed, which wasn't always fun. They were paid well for HS graduates that had to be trained for every aspect of their job. They could have a family, house, 2 vehicles, etc. and send their kids to state college without any financial aid, grants, or scholarships. Obviously, a smart child would get scholarship offers and perhaps full rides at prestigious, private, universities.

As a customer, facing unionized workers, I fear they will be protected from being accountable for their individual actions. I've seen this too. This seldom happens, but they don't appear to have an hustle in their work. We've all seen this at the post office. Imagine a busy time with full staffing at a Starbucks, yet getting your burnt coffee takes 10 minutes rather than 3 minutes. Lack of hustle.

I hope this turns out well for all concerned. I'll never know, since I don't like burned coffee.

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