Minnesota Starbucks Workers Join National Strike
Workers at at the Starbucks store on Snelling Ave. in St. Paul participated in the strike. Steve Skjold / Shutterstock.com

Minnesota Starbucks Workers Join National Strike

More than 150 stores nationwide are demanding a fair contract and respect for LGBTQIA+ employees.

Starbucks baristas at 3704 Silver Lake Road N.E. in St. Anthony this week joined a national strike now more than 150 stores strong set off by the company limiting the display of Pride decorations in stores.

The disagreement is the latest flare-up in ongoing disputes between Starbucks workers — who have been unionizing, one store at a time — and the coffee giant. Their disagreements have resulted in multiple complaints filed on both sides with the National Labor Relations Board.

Workers from the Starbucks store at 300 Snelling Avenue. S. in St. Paul also participated in Wednesday’s strike. The Snelling store was the first corporate-owned Minnesota location to unionize back in April 2022.

“Starbucks claims to be a company that cares about its LGBTQIA+ workers. Yet in reality, they are tokenizing workers for good press and higher profits,” Starbucks Workers United said in a statement. “Workers are fighting back against Starbucks’ performative allyship and demanding the company respect their rights by negotiating in good faith at the bargaining table.”

The union group represents more than 8,000 workers in 320 Starbucks stores. Starbucks operates 9,300 stores nationwide.

Starbucks published a June 23 letter from CEO Laxman Narasimhan on its website affirming the company’s support for the LGBTQIA+ community. “There has been no change to any of our policies as it relates to our inclusive store environments, our company culture, and the benefits we ofer our partners. We continue to encourage our store leaders to celebrate with their communities including for U.S. Pride month in June, as we always have.”

Starbucks Workers United said they plan to continue striking at stores across the nation through July 1.