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

BY: - December 16, 2022

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 […]


America is in the middle of a labor mobilization moment – organizers at big chains are leading

BY: - September 5, 2022

Labor Day 2022 comes smack bang in the middle of what is increasingly looking like a pivotal year in the history of American unions. The summer has seen a steady stream of workforce mobilizations. Employees at Trader Joe’s locations in Massachusetts and Minneapolis both voted to unionize. Meanwhile, restaurant chain Chipotle saw the first of […]


Unions for all

BY: , and - September 5, 2022

This Labor Day, unions are riding a wave of popularity. Maybe it’s because of corporate greed that is at levels not seen since the Gilded Age. Maybe it’s because the realities made clear during COVID-19 about who is essential. Maybe it’s just all of us being fed up with seeing a small handful flying into […]

Workers at Minneapolis Starbucks strike on first day of pumpkin spice season

BY: - August 30, 2022

Workers at a south Minneapolis Starbucks went on strike for the second time on Tuesday, hitting the company during one of its most important days of the year: the first day of pumpkin spice latte season. “Pumpkin spice is a hallmark of Starbucks, and it’s a really big day for them,” said Emily Mahoney, a […]

Starbucks workers vote to unionize Edina store, 5th in Minnesota

BY: - August 18, 2022

Starbucks workers at an Edina store voted 9-0 to unionize, becoming the fifth store in Minnesota to do so. The election at the Edina store — at 5122 Edina Industrial Blvd. — is the latest success in a wave of unionization drives across the country, with workers at more than 220 Starbucks stores voting to […]


New labor movement might save America just yet

BY: - August 18, 2022

“We’re being treated unfairly and we’re not going to take it.” — Kasey Copeland, Minneapolis Starbucks barista and union organizer, 2022 When the union organizer showed up, all the small town’s upstanding citizens agreed he was a disgrace. Here he was, still sweaty from yesterday’s train, slicked hair talking to workers about how they were […]

Starbucks workers strike at south Minneapolis store, join national wave of labor protests  

BY: - July 31, 2022

Starbucks workers at a south Minneapolis store are on strike, joining workers in Boston, Seattle, Philadelphia and other cities who are ramping up pressure as they seek to negotiate union contracts. Customers who pulled up to the drive-thru on Sunday morning at 4712 Cedar Avenue were told there’d be no coffee today or tomorrow but […]


Robert Reich: How Amazon, Starbucks and other companies fight unions

BY: - July 26, 2022

You as a worker have a legal right to join a union, but there are many ways big corporations are skirting the law to stop you from getting your fair share. You could be working for a union-buster and not even know it. Here are four of the biggest union-busting tricks to look out for: […]

Starbucks union loses first election in Minnesota

BY: - June 16, 2022

Workers narrowly voted against unionizing at a Starbucks store in Minneapolis on Tuesday, dealing the first defeat in Minnesota to Workers United, the union organizing employees at hundreds of stores across the country. So far, three of the four Starbucks stores to hold elections in the state have voted in favor of unionizing. “It’s been […]

3rd Starbucks in Minnesota votes to unionize

BY: - June 7, 2022

A third Starbucks store in Minnesota is unionized after the National Labor Relations Board tallied workers’ votes on Monday with 12 voting in favor and five against. The election at the St. Anthony store — at 3704 Silver Lake Road — is the latest success in a wave of unionization efforts across the country. Workers […]

Workers vote to unionize at second Starbucks in Minnesota

BY: - May 2, 2022

Workers at a second Starbucks location — at 47th Street and Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis — voted to unionize on Monday as a wave of unionization efforts continue at Starbucks stores across the country. Of the 31 workers eligible to vote, 11 voted in favor of unionizing with three opposed. The workers filed a petition […]

Workers at fourth Minnesota Starbucks announce plans to unionize

BY: - March 29, 2022

Workers at a fourth Starbucks store in Minnesota announced their intention to unionize on Tuesday, joining a national wave that has reached more than 150 other locations across the country. The latest unionization announcement at a location in Minneapolis — at 54th Street and Lyndale Avenue — comes just a week after workers at a […]