Commonwealth Avenue Starbucks on strike again on Red Cup Day – The Daily Free Press

The Starbucks at 847 Commonwealth Avenue is on strike for “Red Cup Day” today. Workers at Starbucks locations across the country went on strike today to fight for collective bargaining negotiations. ANDREW BURKE-STEVENSON/DFP STAFF

Workers at more than 100 Starbucks locations across the US went on strike yesterday demanding Starbucks engage in contract talks with the union – including the 847 Commonwealth Avenue location which has been on strike for 64 days last summer.

Starbucks held its Red Cup Day on Nov. 17, giving away a limited-edition reusable red cup to customers who purchase a special holiday drink.

Taylor Dickerson, barista at Starbucks 847 Commonwealth Ave. and regional organizer for Starbucks Workers United, said Red Cup Day is very chaotic and busy due to the popularity of the promotion.

“We’re really understaffed,” she said. “So it’s a big problem because if you’re dealing with all this chaos and you’re understaffed, it’s so difficult to manage. It makes our job really difficult.

Dickerson said her hours were reduced from 35-40 hours a week to 18-20 hours a week before the summer strike, but even now she said her store manager changed the hours. opening, which made it difficult for students to plan. .

Dickerson said the purpose of the strikes was to shed light on Starbucks’ practices and “hit them in profits” to get their attention.

Starbucks Partners at 847 Comm. Ave returned to work last September after his 64-day strike, but shift supervisors and union organizers Spencer Costigan and Nora Rossi said some of the union’s demands had not been met.

“When we got back to work, it turned out they had lied about firing Tomi (the manager),” Costigan said. “And rather than cut hours the same way they used to, they’ve cut hours for our entire store instead.”

Rossi said the Starbucks business continues to “flirt” with the idea of ​​negotiating union contracts, and that Starbucks stands up and leaves minutes in those meetings to negotiate contracts.

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(Left to right) Starbucks worker and striker Spencer Costigan and Boston University student and Starbucks worker Sophia Gaunt grabbing union-branded red cups. Customers can receive a limited-edition reusable red mug if they purchase a holiday beverage on “Red Mug Day.” ANDREW BURKE-STEVENSON/DFP STAFF

She said Starbucks also delayed the process by “inventing false allegations of unfair labor practices.” Costigan also said the Starbucks company abandoned negotiations over fears that prominent union partners would record negotiations on Zoom.

“It’s like dragging a kid, an irritable kid, kicking and screaming at school because he has to go to school,” Costigan said.

A Starbucks spokesperson wrote in an email that the company respects workers’ right to protest and remains committed to creating a Starbucks that “works for everyone.”

“In stores where partners have elected union representation, we have wanted and continue to urge the union to meet with us at the bargaining table to move the process forward in good faith,” the spokesperson wrote in an e-mail. -mail.

Some of the demands union workers hope to see met include a $24 wage for baristas, better health care, consistent hours, better staffing and more respect in the workplace.

“We’re just really tired of all the bullshit they threw at us,” Rossi said. “All we want to do is bargain in good faith, which they are legally required to do now that we have unionized.”