People marching on East Pine Street during the “Fight Starbucks’ Union Busting” rally and march in Seattle on April 23.

In April 2021, a record-breaking number of workers quit their jobs — a trend that hasn’t let up.
At the same time, an organizing wave has spread across retailers, such as Starbucks and Amazon.
And some workers are coming together to protest low pay or poor conditions without unionizing.

A year ago, if you’d asked Hope Liepe if she’d be working at a unionized Starbucks, she “would’ve probably said that was, like, insane and would never happen — especially at Starbucks.”

But last month, the store in Ithaca, New York, where the 18-year-old works as a barista joined a wave of Starbucks stores officially voting to unionize. 

“I remember that day. We all came together in this big watch party,” Liepe said. “Just the excitement and just the joy that you could feel from all of us of having completed something together, and being able to move together to form a better workplace for all of us.”

Since then, all three locations in Ithaca have voted to unionize, along with over 50 Starbucks stores nationwide. Apple workers in Atlanta and New York are looking to follow their lead. And the Amazon Labor Union pulled off an upset victory, marking the retail giant’s first-ever unionized warehouse. 

“We are listening and learning from the partners in these stores as we always do across the country,” Starbucks said in a comment to Insider. “From the beginning, we’ve been clear in our belief that we are better together as partners, without a union between us, and that conviction has not changed.” 

Liz Shuler, the president of the AFL-CIO, the country’s largest labor federation, said the past year has shown “workers in motion.”

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Source:: Business Insider


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