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Starbucks Has Become the Poster Child of anti-unionism


the staff of the Ridgewood blog

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.

Many critics say it’s more of the “rules for thee but not for me” attitude that has so polarized today’s political environment . Perhaps the company itself has come to the same conclusion now its pushing  Schultz aside and has announced that Laxman Narasimhan will become the company’s next chief executive officer and a member of the Starbucks Board of Directors. Narasimhan will join Starbucks as incoming ceo on October 1, 2022 after relocating from London to the Seattle area and will work closely with Howard Schultz, interim ceo, before assuming the ceo role and joining the Board on April 1, 2023.

3 thoughts on “Starbucks Has Become the Poster Child of anti-unionism

  1. Liberals = Hypocrites.

    It’s Settled Science

  2. I’m far from a fan of Starbucks, but I think this is a case of Howard Schultz trying to be Progressive in his idea of what leftist progressivism is, but the new and growing breed of militant progressives are way too dangerous to the future of his business.

  3. Progressives want to raise the min wage to $22 per hr. If successful, watch 50% + of small businesses close their doors

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