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Starbucks launches aggressive anti-union effort as upstate New York stores organize

Added 11-23-21 06:09:02am EST - “Management urges baristas to reject the union at mandatory ?listening' sessions, shuts stores holding drives” - Theguardian.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Theguardian.com: “Starbucks launches aggressive anti-union effort as upstate New York stores organize”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Management urges baristas to reject the union at mandatory ‘listening’ sessions and shuts stores holding drives

Will Westlake, a Starbucks barista in Hamburg, New York, whose store recently filed for a union election, was told by a manager he could attend an earlier mandatory anti-union meeting on 8 November because he was scheduled to work early the next day.

The meeting was in a nearby hotel and when Westlake arrived he found out he was the only worker in attendance, with six members of Starbucks management. The meeting lasted for about one hour.

“That was basically how my last anti-union meeting was, totally separated from the rest of my co-workers and having to be surrounded,” said Westlake. “They started off by going around and saying that they wanted me to vote no for the union. And then they went back and forth talking about how great all the benefits are at Starbucks and if we vote in a union, we may not have any of those benefits.”

Westlake emphasized the numerous anti-union meetings have been framed as listening sessions, but it’s the workers who have been doing most of the listening: the sessions have largely consisted of management presenting anti-union talking points, with little feedback from workers involved.

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