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Unionized Starbucks workers continue to stand outside staff and safety



(Reuters) – Baristas at a Starbucks Corp. location in Buffalo, New York, left work for a second day on Thursday in protest of what they say are precarious working conditions amid a new rise in COVID-19 cases.

Workers left their positions on Wednesday on Elmwood Avenue – the only union-owned company-owned Starbucks store in the United States – and say they will not return until they feel safe.

by covid-19, said Barista Casey Moore, one of the union organizers in Buffalo.

"The store is drastically understaffed, leaving the remaining partners exhausted and overworked," she said. gave N95 masks and "Starbucks also made it clear that partners still have to serve unmasked customers, despite state mask mandates," she said. and switched to takeaway only, and some had reduced opening hours, to address a local increase in covid-1

9 cases and staff shortages.

"Throughout the pandemic, we have met and exceeded all CDC and safety guidelines, and we have supported partners with vaccine pay, sick days and isolation pay, "said Borges.

Store employees voted on December 9 to join the Workers United union. The National Labor Relations Board confirmed the election results a week later.

Now Starbucks employees in individual stores in another six cities are seeking elections to vote on whether to form a union.


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