The company’s overall reaction, though, is utterly unoriginal. It’s the same knee-jerk opposition to unions that we’ve seen since the 1800s, with a few just-as-hoary variations. Instead of beating people up, Starbucks uses other well-worn approaches, from gaslighting (“Everything’s great”) to good cop/bad cop (“We love you! But we closed the store—for other reasons—after you asked for a union.”) American employers’ anti-union playbook is so standardized that one union in another industry has even come up with a bingo board of typical management talking points during an organizing drive.
Starbucks is great at inventing fantastical coffee concoctions—and creakingly orthodox in its opposition to its workers’ desire for a union. If the company wanted to demonstrate real innovation and imagination, it would realize that a different approach—recognizing and working with the union—could be a powerful competitive advantage and actually benefit the business.
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“Starbucks takes its union-free status extremely seriously and has reason to be worried. One of the nation’s most effective unions – Workers United – is leading an organizing effort for Buffalo, New York baristas and is mounting a very smart strategic campaign. They may very well win.
“This is, after all, the same union and lead organizer – Richard Bensinger, former Organizing Director of the AFL-CIO – that successfully organized the baristas at Gimme! Coffee in Upstate New York in 2017, in one of the first NLRB election victories in this industry.
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The elections involve only around 100 employees, but a vote to unionize would be among the embattled U.S. labor movement’s highest-profile organizing victories in years, creating a foothold at an iconic global brand. It would also extend U.S. workers’ recent momentum into a new arena — the company’s ubiquitous coffee shops, visited by millions of Americans each day, where past organizing efforts have repeatedly fizzled.
“It’s a much bigger deal than the number of people would suggest,” said former NLRB chair and union attorney Wilma Liebman, given how a union victory at Starbucks would create new inroads in the broader restaurant industry. “Winning is contagious, and it could spread like wildfire.”