Olympia Starbucks Files Petition to Unionize, Demands Better Pay

Baristas at a local Starbucks in Olympia have applied to join a workers' union, as stores across the country band together for employee rights.

Baristas at a local Starbucks in Olympia have applied to join a workers’ union, as stores across the country band together for employee rights.

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Baristas at a Starbucks west of Olympia have applied to join a workers’ union, as stores across the country band together for employee rights.

The Cooper Point Village Starbucks, located at 315 Cooper Point Road NW, sent a letter to the coffee chain‘s president and CEO, Kevin Johnson, announcing its intention, which was shared on the Workers United Twitter page on February 26.

In the letter, signed by at least 20 people, Olympia site employees referenced the company’s record $8.1 billion in revenue in the first quarter of 2022,” which made it difficult for them to be proud of those for whom they work.

“We have faced an onslaught of mistreatment from arrogant and unchecked customers, complete disregard from our superiors, and compensation that in no way outweighs the sacrifices we have made for the mermaid,” the letter reads.

The first store to lobby for unionization was in Buffalo, New York, in December. Since then, more than 100 stores across the country have filed a petition to unionize.

Employees at the Olympia location wrote that they anticipated a domino effect with more and more stores unionizing.

The Olympian has been referred to the Starbucks media relations team for comment. Sarah Albanesi, media relations specialist, said the company will respect the process and negotiate in good faith guided by its principles.

In the letter, the employees said they demanded a living wage – “a wage that reflects the ever-increasing costs of surviving in the advanced phase of capitalism.” They also demand more voice in decision-making, better mental health resources, and greater accountability from superiors.

This story was originally published March 9, 2022 3:17 p.m.

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