What is happening with Starbucks and labor unions? 

Our partners are the core of our business, and we are committed to providing every person who wears the green apron a bridge to a better future.   

For those partners who have chosen to freely associate and bargain collectively, fulfilling that promise means working earnestly to progress negotiations towards first contracts that address the unique needs of each union-represented store.

Starbucks and Workers United announced on Feb. 27, 2024, a commitment to a constructive and mutually respectful path forward in the interests of Starbucks partners. The agreement to begin discussions on a foundational framework is designed to achieve ratified collective bargaining agreements for represented partners, the resolution of litigation and a fair process for organizing.

Previously, in 2023, a majority of shareholders approved a resolution calling for an independent, third-party assessment of Starbucks commitment to the principles of freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining.

The assessment is direct and clear there is no evidence Starbucks has, or has used, an "anti-union playbook." It affirms the company has provided consistent reassurances to partners that Starbucks respects their right to collectively organize through fairly conducted elections.  

The assessment also concludes that Starbucks has had no intention to deviate from the principles of freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining. There are things the company can, and should, do to improve its stated commitments and its adherence to these important principles.  

In the last year, the company reached a third collective bargaining agreement in Canada with the United Steelworkers, and negotiations are progressing with other represented stores in Canada.

Related links:   

For the US: one.starbucks.com  

For Canada: one.starbuckscanada.ca    

Read the full legal filing here (Starbucks Corporation v. Workers United)  

Starbucks Reaffirms Its Commitment to the Principles of Freedom of Association and the Right to Collective Bargaining 

Letter from Starbucks Independent Board Chair: Freedom of Association Assessment 

Message from Sara: Our Outreach to Resume Contract Bargaining with Workers United