DAY 3 OF STRIKE WITH PRIDE! We are not backing down until Starbucks’ ends its illegal union-busting campaign and bargains with workers. QUEER & TRANS RIGHTS ARE WORKERS’ RIGHTS. #StrikeWithPride pic.twitter.com/cQ6j7YNumP
— Starbucks Workers United (@SBWorkersUnited) June 25, 2023
Strike with Pride! 🏳️🌈
When Starbucks refuses to negotiate in good faith with workers AND tells them to hide their pride, we show up to tell them what’s up. ✨ pic.twitter.com/SqRuwbciMu
— Paul Z🌹 (@pzapstudios) June 25, 2023
You had one job, Starbucks: promote gay sex to little kids and also serve as a homeless shelter for black crackheads.
You failed both parts.
Workers at dozens of U.S. Starbucks locations held strikes on Sunday to express their outrage over accusations by the baristas’ union that managers at several U.S. cafes removed rainbow flags and decorations supporting LGBTQ+ Pride month.
About a dozen Starbucks workers picketed outside New York’s Astor Place location in lower Manhattan on Sunday afternoon near the route of the city’s Pride parade, chanting: “New York is a union town! On strike! Shut it down!”
On Pride Month, People are protesting agsinst Unionization on Starbucks Workers in NY W 4th St Location pic.twitter.com/3jgSVEfdn7
— Jay Angel Latigo (@JayAngelLatigo) June 25, 2023
Union members handed out flyers and talked to passersby about the action, while several customers chose not to enter in support of the strike.
With Pride marches underway in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago and Starbucks’ hometown Seattle, some baristas and other workers at the coffee chain said they were angered by the dispute.
A spokesperson said on Sunday that “we unwaveringly support the LGBTQIA2+ community. It would be inaccurate to report that Starbucks stores are banning any decorations as there has been no change to company policy on this matter.”
“We remain deeply concerned by false information being spread about our inclusive store environments, our company culture and the benefits we offer our partners,” the spokesperson said.
A Starbucks shop in Manhattan
Though the conflict is gaining attention now, it began brewing a year ago, when the Workers United union said the company threatened union organizers – many of whom say they are queer or trans – with reduced hours that would leave them unable to qualify for health insurance, which covers gender reassignment surgery and other affirming procedures.
Starbucks has denied that it changed the coverage, calling the accusations “false claims” in a June 14 letter to Workers United International President Lynne Fox and seen by Reuters.
The company’s health insurance has covered gender confirmation surgery since 2012. In 2018, it also began covering treatment that other plans consider “cosmetic,” including breast augmentation, hair transplants and facial feminization.
The coffee chain also denied that it had banned Pride decorations, calling the allegation “blatant fear mongering” by the union, according to the letter.
Honestly, I have no idea if companies are actually banning gay stuff, or if it is “blatant fear-mongering.”
The right-wing media is engaged in triumphalism, so they don’t have any desire to correct the record.
I’m seeing just as much gay stuff as I ever did, and this year I’m noticing that it’s all the tranny flag instead of the normal anal flag. It also has black and brown, apparently for different types of poop.
But that’s the only change I’ve noticed – the updated flag.