Starbucks' caffeinated anti-union campaigns may be sour, but are they legal?

On May 3, 2022, Starbucks employees were welcomed with good news in the form of a promise of higher salary raises.

 However, there was a catch: employees at unionized stores – or those who seek to unionize – will not see a penny of this increase.

Starbucks' move appears to be rather transparent in terms of trying to deter workers from backing union drives. 

It also comes at a time when the coffee business is experiencing a major uptick in union action. 

Furthermore, the union has won 54 of the 64 elections held so far, several by large percentages.

As a labor historian, I find the emergence of the Starbucks union movement remarkable.

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