Union petitions were up 56% in last 9 months, federal labor agency says

Jul 15, 2022
Young, college-educated workers at individual retail establishments like Starbucks stores are driving many organizing efforts.
More than 16% of the union election petitions submitted to the government came from Starbucks.
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Union labor complaint against Amazon takes aim at "captive audience" meetings

Feb 25, 2022
The practice of requiring workers to sit through anti-union presentations is common and currently legal.
A union supporter stands before sunrise outside the Amazon fulfillment center on March 29 in Bessemer, Alabama.
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Union membership fell in 2021, despite high-profile campaigns. Where do workers go from here?

Jan 31, 2022
Just 10.3% of Americans belonged to unions in 2021, and the rate for private-sector employees was 6.1%.
Just 10.3% of Americans belonged to unions in 2021, and the rate for private-sector employees was 6.1%.
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Calls for unionization are brewing at Starbucks

Sep 1, 2021
Three stores in Buffalo are attempting to create the first-ever union at the coffee giant, and the time appears right.
A group of Starbucks employees is trying to create the first-ever union in the company's history.
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China's competitive coffee shop scene keeps owners on their toes

Jun 21, 2021
Nearly 19% of small and micro-sized businesses in China shut down during the pandemic. What does it take for a coffee shop to stay standing?
Keiichi Nakayama said his coffee shop, Rumors, was the first in Shanghai to specialize in hand-poured coffee more than a decade ago.
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What happened to America’s public toilets?

Apr 13, 2021
In an excerpt from her new book, science journalist Chelsea Wald writes on the unintended result of a movement to ban pay toilets.
In her new book, “Pipe Dreams: The Urgent Global Quest to Transform the Toilet,” Chelsea Wald explores the problem and promise of toilet technology.
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Starbucks turns 50 after year of pandemic challenges

Mar 30, 2021
Starbucks has become a place to meet, work or grab a cup of coffee. But that became a harder sell during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Starbucks' last report of quarterly results showed same-store sales down about 5% in the U.S.
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Starbucks sees grounds for optimism as sales in China rebound

Jan 27, 2021
The coffee giant has been able to weather the pandemic by expanding its drive-thru and online ordering.
Starbucks has the resources to weather the COVID-19 slowdown, one analyst says. Above, a woman wearing a face mask walks past a Starbucks in Beijing on Jan. 30, 2020.
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Corporations offer to help with vaccine rollout

Jan 22, 2021
Some of these companies have expertise, resources or logistical capacity that the federal government may lack.
Vaccine distribution at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Some major sports venues are joining the effort to prevent infections.
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Starbucks and Home Depot permanently raising wages

Nov 19, 2020
A growing number of people across the country and the political spectrum support raising the minimum wage. Is this a sign of a bigger shift?
Starbucks is boosting starting salaries to help attract and retain new employees.
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