Union Starbucks stores get surprise visits

‘RIGHT ON UNION STRONG’ was the greeting by and for Starbucks union baristas at the Richmond Heights store, 2023 Dale Ave. where members of Bread & Roses Missouri brought celebratory balloons and greetings from union baristas across America in an April 9 visit – part of a national effort by Starbucks Workers United to honor their members in 415 unionized stores. Starbucks union members (at left, from left) are Maria Kremsreiter, Collin Beard Baker, Connor Donnelly and Moe Mills who is holding the union-created book of hundreds of greetings from unionized baristas. Congratulating them from Bread & Roses (at right, from left) were Executive Director Emily Kohring, Mary Barber, Lynn Maupin, Shelton Solafleur, Roseann Weiss and Michael Paplanus. – Labor Tribune photo

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Richmond Heights, MO – Starbucks workers across nation that have won elections for union representation were recently surprised with a “Congratulations, we’re with you” visit from union members and supporters bearing balloons and a special book of “Welcome” messages from hundreds of fellow Starbucks workers across the nation.

At the 2023 Dale Ave. store in Richmond Heights the excitement was palpable on April 9 as members of Bread & Roses Missouri came in clapping and presented the baristas with “Congratulations,” balloons and messages from fellow Starbucks workers across the country.

THUMBS UP by St. Louis’ United Media Guild Local 36047 Business Manager Shannon Duffy for barista Maria Kremsreiter, who hand painted UNION STRONG on her Starbucks United tee shirt that she wears every day under her official uniform. – Labor Tribune photo

In St. Louis, three additional stores were visited: 3700 S. Kingshighway, 2350 S. Grand and 1216 Hampton by reps from Missouri Jobs with Justice and St. Louis Democratic Socialists of America.

Joining the union “is the only way to fight for yourself as we do it together,” said Moe Mills, a five-year barista at the Dale Ave. store. His fellow workers agreed.

‘CONGRATS!!’ from hundreds of Starbuck union baristas in some 415 organized stores were compiled and presented to baristas at unionized stores in a national effort over the past several weeks in visit to the stores and let the baristas know how much support they have across the America. – Labor Tribune photo

Maria Kremsreiter, a two-year barista, proudly showed off her Starbucks United tee on which she painted “UNION STRONG” that she wears beneath her uniform. “Every day until we get a union contract,” she said.

That day is on the horizon as Starbucks has agreed to restart contract negotiations after a two-and-a-half-year standoff. As a major concession to launch the talks on a positive note, the company has agreed to provide some 10,000 workers in the 415 unionized stores in 47 states with pay hikes and benefits the company gave non-unionized workers in May 2022 but had withheld from unionized workers as part of their effort to discourage baristas from joining.

The first Starbucks store organized in December 2021 in Buffalo, N.Y. Since then, the More Perfect Union website (https://perfectunion.us) reported the union lost elections in only 94 stores.

Starbucks Union stores

St. Louis area
Affton: Gravois & Rock Hills.
Ladue: Lindbergh & Clayton.
Richmond Heights: Hanley & Dale.
St. Louis: Hampton & Wise, Page & Ball, Kingshighway & Chippewa, Grand and Sidney Street.
Valley Park: Hwy 141 & I-44.

Rest of Missouri
Independence: E. 39th and Arrowhead.
Kansas City: 41st & Main, Crown Center.
Springfield: Glenstone & Cherry.

Rejected union (Missouri)
• Bridgeton: Natural Bridge & St. Charles Rock Road.
Chesterfield: Clarkson & Baxter.
St. Charles: 5th & Boonslick.
St. Ann: Lindbergh & St. Charles Rock Road.
Kansas City: Country Club Plaza.

Chicago: 55th & Woodlawn-Hyde Park, Ridge & Clark, Armitage & Hoyone, W. Bryn Mawr & Winthrop, Lincoln & Jersey, Broadway & Devon, Irving Park & Ashland, Halsted & Monroe.
Carbondale: E. Main &N. Lewis.
Carpentersville: Route 25 & Lake.
Cary: Northwest Hwy & Feinberg Dr.
Elmhurst: York & Industrial.
Evanston: Sherman & Clark, Chicago & Main.
Glenview: Willow & Pfingsten.
Monroe, Madison & Wells, 58th & Western.
Oak Park: Lake & Euclid.
Oak Brook: 22nd & Tower.
O’Fallon: Greenmount & I-64.
Peoria: University & Main.
Rockford: North Perryville & Olde Creek, Wacker & Adams, Halsted & Monroe
Skokie: Old Orchard Mall.
Urbana: Main & Vine.

Rejected union (Illinois)
• Chicago: Wacker & Adams, Chicago Roastery.
Peoria: Knoxville & Pioneer.

(Source: More Perfect Union, April 2, 2024)


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