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Astoria Starbucks Workers Announce Plans to Form Union, First in Queens

Workers at the Starbucks location at 30-18 Astoria Blvd. have announced plans to unionize (GMaps)

March 18, 2022 By Christian Murray

A Starbucks in Astoria has announced plans to unionize, the first location in Queens to do so.

Workers at the 30-18 Astoria Blvd. store sent a letter to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announcing their intention to form a union and their legal right to do so.

“Starbucks continues to cling to an outdated reputation as a progressive corporation, yet during a period of record company revenues, these profits are not reflected where it matters most,” the letter reads. “Through the global pandemic we have been faced with increased responsibilities, questionable health and safety protocols, and irregular hours, with inadequate compensation to show for it.”

The Astoria Starbucks is part of a wave of unionization across the country, with workers in more than 100 locations in more than 19 states organizing unions. The first Starbucks location to unionize was in Buffalo, NY, in December.

The Astoria employees have the backing of local elected officials, with Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, State Senator Mike Gianaris, Assemblymember Zohran Mamdani and Council Member Tiffany Cabán writing a joint letter to Schultz in their support. The letter calls on Schultz to agree to fair election principles ahead of the union vote.

“As elected officials representing this store at the local, state and federal levels, we stand in solidarity with Starbucks partners at Astoria Boulevard and 31st Street and urge you to respect their right to organize.”

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All talk, no action

“Progressive” corporations are a lot like “progressive” people. Great with empty symbolic gestures and self-flattering virtue signaling but rather light on substance.

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yuckbucks

as if Starbucks coffee wasn’t expensive enough already. The last time I was in there they charged me 6 bucks for a medium size ice coffee and it tasted burnt. never again.

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Burnt coffee isn't a new thing.

They’ve always burnt their coffee. You know how restaurant bathrooms always smell of that almond pink soap? Every Starbucks smells like burnt coffee beans.

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ABoondy

unionize for what exactly? is pouring coffee into a cup a really a good long term career choice these days? many are just college kids making money on the side to pay for expenses. unionizing minimum wage jobs means you’ll probably get paid less than minimum wage. unions aren’t free.

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Unionizing is for the workers that are the union

They don’t get paid minimum wage, if you had any idea what you were talking about you’d know Starbucks pays surprisingly well. Unions negotiate a contract that covers MUCH more than base compensation.

Being a policeman doesn’t sound like a fun long-term gig for me either but they sure seem to want a REALLY big union, weird huh?

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The Cappuccino Kid

Prediction: Astoria Starbucks will close in the not too distant future.

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Veronica

Kevin Johnson, the CEO of Starbucks, wrote in an open letter, “We have decided to suspend all business activity in Russia, including shipment of all Starbucks products.” Thank you Starbucks!!! We support you. According to social media, McDonald’s is still open in Russia. I refuse to go to McDonald’s.

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Look at it this way....

McDonald’s is actually punishing Russia by continuing to sell them their unhealthy rubbish.

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