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Workers strike at two Minnesota Starbucks stores as part of national protest

By: - December 16, 2022 4:58 pm

A Starbucks manager turns away a customer at a store in Saint Paul that closed early because of a three-day strike beginning Dec. 16, 2022. Photo by Max Nesterak/Minnesota Reformer.

Workers at two Starbucks stores in Minnesota launched a three-day strike on Friday as part of a nationwide protest against the company closing unionized stores and retaliating against union leaders.

Baristas at more than 100 Starbucks locations across the country will participate in the weekend strike, according to Starbucks Workers United, which has won union elections at more than 270 stores nationwide, including six in Minnesota.

Workers say the unfair labor practices strike, which they’re calling the “Double Down Strike,” is in response to the company shutting down unionized stores, firing union leaders, changing store hours and not allowing credit card tipping at most union stores.

Starbucks Workers United says over 150 union leaders have been fired across the country and note the National Labor Relations Board has already issued over 45 complaints against the company.

The two Minnesota stores participating in the strike are located at 300 Snelling Ave. in Saint Paul and at 3704 Silver Lake Road NE in Saint Anthony.

While previous strikes shut down operations completely, the Saint Paul store remained open through Friday morning but closed early due to a lack of staff, according to a manager.

Starbucks did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Max Nesterak
Max Nesterak

Max Nesterak is the deputy editor of the Reformer and reports on labor and housing. Most recently he was an associate producer for Minnesota Public Radio after a stint at NPR. He also co-founded the Behavioral Scientist and was a Fulbright Scholar to Berlin, Germany.