Starbucks and Workers United Reps Make “Significant Progress”

( – Starbucks and Workers United put out a statement saying that they have made “significant progress” in their contract talks.

The press release stated that the two met up to discuss details related to the topics brought up in disagreement between the two sides. Workers United is the union that represents over four hundred Starbucks stores. Starbucks has been negotiating with the union, which is asking for higher wages, consistent scheduling, and many other aspects of change from the company.

The union is an affiliate of Service Employees International Union, or SEIU. The group and Starbucks have been at this for two years and although there seems to be progress at the bargaining table, there is still a long journey ahead.

The union was started by a store in New York which began the snowball effect of other locations unionizing. Across forty states, the union represents over eight thousand workers. The bargaining between both sides sat at a stalemate for almost two years before they came to an agreement to keep bargaining but a contract has not been set or decided yet.

In a joint statement they said, “There’s more to do, but we are committed to working together.”

This is the first time the two sides have met in almost a year to discuss bargaining factors. They plan to meet again next month to continue discussing potential changes. Labor laws don’t require that they reach any sort of agreement, but that they bargain in good faith. Union workers who may want to decertify during negotiations can do so after a year.

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