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Ridgewood NJ, after years of supporting fringe leftwing causes Starbucks, arguably one of the nation’s most progressive-thinking companies, led by Howard Schultz, arguably one of the nation’s most progressive CEOs, has become a poster child of anti-unionism? Starbucks has become the subject of a small but significant organizing campaign by Starbucks Workers United, which is affiliated with the SEIU, or Service Employees International Union.
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This movement has unionized 210 including 4 stores in New Jersey of the company’s 9,000 U.S. stores, about 2.3%, with another 75 or so up for a vote. Starbucks, led by Schultz, has been vigorously fighting the union’s efforts. Charges and counter-charges have become heated.
Over the years Starbucks has attempted to push its leftwing ideas on its customers and has been met with controversy . This controversy peeked when Starbucks’ own left-leaning employees in Philadelphia , called the cops on two black guys for “being black.” Apparently, Starbucks is such a “white thing” that the mere presence of two black guys sitting in a Starbucks restaurant waiting for a friend terrorizes left-leaning white employees who freak out and call the cops. Ridgewood had a similar incident during the BLM protests ion town .
Starbucks is also a victim of its own success. Under Schultz, the company has put into place generous benefits and work policies . This includes higher wages, comprehensive health care coverage, stock options (including for part-timers), and free college tuition.
As a result, Starbucks has attracted a better-educated workforce, which turns over less often , with some data showing a 65% turnover rate, below the 150%-400% seen at most peers. Arguably, this more engaged workforce has more skin in the game and is more willing to fight for change, rather than just quit.