‘Red Cup Rebellion’ to support Starbucks workers is Nov. 16

Since December 2021, more than 9,000 Starbucks workers have organized 360-plus stores. They are calling for Starbucks to uphold the forward-thinking values it espouses by respecting workers’ fundamental right to organize and bargaining a fair contract with their workers.

Despite the power that workers have built and their eagerness to engage with the company, Starbucks continues to use engage in illegal tactics to oppose their employees’ union and avoid their efforts to make improvements in their workplace.

Now Starbucks customers and allies are joining the fight. On Sept. 14, more than 1,700 customers and allies led the biggest Day of Action yet in support of Starbucks Workers United.

TAKE A STAND — Mark your calendar to join local Starbucks workers at the Red Cup Rebellion on Thursday, Nov. 16. Some Starbucks stores will be on strike. Others will have leafleting actions outside. Click here to find an event near you or sign up to host an event at your local Starbucks.

Questions? Join the Red Cup Rebellion mobilization call at 5 p.m. Pacific time on Thursday, Nov. 9 and learn how you can show solidarity with union Starbucks workers. Sign up for the call here and check out #RedCupRebellion on social media.


Amid an aggressive and illegal campaign by Starbucks’ corporate executives to oppose their employees’ efforts to join together in unions, and an illegal refusal to negotiate in good faith for first contracts, the workers keep organizing. There are now 456 Starbucks stores in 46 states that have filed to unionize. Of those, 364 Starbucks stores in 42 states have won union elections, more than three quarters of the unionization votes.

In Washington state, 27 stores have filed for union elections and Starbucks workers have voted “Union Yes!” in 24 of them, with one outcome still pending a challenge and just two rejecting the union. It’s past time for Starbucks executives to start obeying the law and respecting their employees’ rights instead of spending millions on union-avoidance firms and tarnishing their brand name.

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