Chicagoland Starbucks Store Rejects Workers United

by The Chicago Times Business Staff

May 8, 2022

LA GRANGE, IL – Starbuck’s employees in La Grange have rejected an attempted unionization ploy by Workers United.

The La Grange Starbucks filed for representation with Workers United, an affiliate of the notorious Service Employees International Union (SEIU), back in January.  However, 5 months later, employees voted 9-6 to reject Workers United conditions.

Workers United immediately claimed that employees at the La Grange location were subjected to anti-union propaganda by Starbucks. 

“Since then, workers at this store were forced to undergo five months of aggressive, and quite possibly unlawful union-busting tactics as they waited to vote. Unfortunately, as a result of a sustained, months-long barrage of coercive propaganda and intimidation, workers at this store voted against unionization 9-6 today.” Workers United said in a press release.

Currently, only 50 of 250 Starbuck locations have voted to join Workers United, known for oppressive union dues and alleged intimidation tactics used against members who think independently.

Union organizers from Starbucks met with the Biden administration at the White House this week to discuss unionization attempts and the alleged “union busting” actions by Starbucks.  Starbucks denied the “union busting” allegations and sent a letter to Biden administration asking for a meeting.

“We are deeply concerned that Workers United … was invited to the meeting while not inviting official Starbucks representatives, to discuss our view on the matter. We believe this lack of representation discounts the reality that the majority of our partners oppose being members of a union and the unionization tactics being deployed by Workers United.  Simply stated, we have a drastically more positive vision for our partners and our company than Workers United.” AJ Jones II, Starbucks senior vice president for global communications and public affairs wrote in the letter.

According to Starbucks, “Starbucks succeeds when our partners do, and we believe that success is best when shared. Our world-class benefits and programs for eligible part- and full-time partners are tailored to your needs. Your Total Rewards package includes base pay and bonus, benefits, retirement savings, stock and perks.”

Benefits and perks of working at Starbucks, without unionization, includes healthcare coverage, stock and savings programs, paid time off, opportunity to earn 100% tuition coverage for education in pursuance of a bachelor’s degree, commuter benefits, and emergency financial assistance.