Cup Half Empty

In November, on Starbucks’ annual Red Cup Day, Starbucks workers staged a strike at over 200 stores, highlighting poor working conditions, staffing and scheduling issues, and stalled contract negotiations. Red Cup Day is Starbucks’ biggest promotional day of the year, and the union claims that such events strain staff without adequate support. While Starbucks had purportedly gone several months without engaging in contract bargaining, it appears the company is set to resume negotiations this month.

Business Takeaway: 2023’s headlines included WGA, SAG, and UAW strikes, in addition to union organizing efforts at major companies, including Starbucks and Amazon. Accordingly, it is worth recognizing that the year saw “more work stoppages involving 1,000 or more workers” than any year since 2013. Have you noticed increased organizing activity in your industry?