November 16, 2023 – 3:48 PM UTC
(Reuters) – Workers at hundreds of Starbucks (SBUX.O) stores have walked off their jobs during a key promotional event on Thursday, demanding improved staffing and schedules, the Workers United said on social media platform X.
The walkout comes on the coffee chain’s Red Cup Day event, during which Starbucks hands out free red-colored, reusable, holiday-themed cups to customers on their coffee purchases.
Starbucks said on Thursday its stores in the United States were “open”, adding that “a few dozen stores with some partners (were) on strike”, but more than half of those stores were open this morning, “serving customers”.
About a dozen workers picketed outside Starbucks’ Astor Place outlet at the New York University’s campus chanting “no contract, no coffee” and other rhymes. Meanwhile, the Astor Place continued to fill with NYU staff and students placing orders.
Red Cup day has typically been a major driver of store traffic, with…
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