Starbucks Union Organizers Lash Out at CEO's Promise

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Written by DEPKES.ORG March 2023

Starbucks' new CEO Laxman Narasimhan has novel plans to spend a half-day every month behind the counter as a barista, but union organizers at the company aren't buying it.

Organizers and pro-union workers at Starbucks have come out since Narasimhan's first day on the job Monday with a slate of criticisms — including his decision to try to put himself in their shoes.

Earlier this week Narasimhan sent a letter to staff obtained by Insider which focused on digital innovation, company culture, and the "partner experience."

During the annual Starbucks shareholder meeting Thursday, Starbucks Workers United announced seven new stores had filed for union elections.

"If Howard Schultz or Laxman Narasimhan think this movement is limited to college towns and coastal cities, they've got another thing coming," Lizzy Prichard, a Starbucks organizer in Ohio, said in a press release.