World

Entire Starbucks team exits mid-shift after manager fires union leader

An entire store of Starbucks employees stepped out of the café mid-shift to assist a colleague they claimed was “unfairly” fired.

A TikTok video with over 18.6 million views shows a team of nine employees leaving a store in Buffalo, New York.

The protests came after barista Sam Amato, who is also a labor union leader, was reportedly fired during the week of his 13th anniversary at the company.

After the employees leave, a woman who is believed to be the store manager is seen talking on the phone. Here are the on-screen captions for the video:

In an earlier video, Amato claimed he was separated by two store managers and told he was fired for “changing operations and closing the lobby” without “the store manager’s permission.”

“That’s why BS. It’s because I’m the leader of the union,” Sam said.

“They were unable to provide any details or give me any information. They wrote something that was not true.

“After 13 years, they would not elaborate on why I was fired.”

In the comments, a majority of TikTok users supported the workers’ efforts.

“Starbucks is really desperate to ruin its reputation,” read one comment.

“Good luck folks. Unite. Keep this energy going,” read another article.

“Starbucks, I am a loyal customer, but trust me when I tell you. It can change friends really fast!

Under U.S. labor law, workers in all 50 states, except Montana, are free to employ. This means that an employee can be dismissed without prior warning and without the employer having to prove a reason. However, employers may challenge the dismissal on grounds of unfair dismissal, such as discrimination.

Some states have exceptions. For example, public sector workers or workers under union agreements. Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Nebraska, New York, and Rhode Island make no exceptions as to cause. Employees may be laid off.

Since late 2021, Starbucks employees in more than 9,000 company-operated stores across the United States have attempted to unionize with Workers United. As of June 14, 143 stores are unionized and 120 other outposts are petitioning for union elections. Guardian report.

Workers United said it systematically cuts workers’ hours and then replaces them with non-unionized workers in an attempt to persuade longtime employees to leave. new york times report.

“Starbucks is also using policies that have never been implemented or that have not resulted in dismissal as an excuse to fire union leaders,” the union said in a statement.

With approximately 33,833 floors in 80 countries, Starbucks is the world’s largest coffeehouse chain, estimated to be worth A$140 billion.

first published as Entire Starbucks team exits mid-shift after manager fires union leader

Entire Starbucks team exits mid-shift after manager fires union leader

Source link Entire Starbucks team exits mid-shift after manager fires union leader

Back to top button