Worcester Starbucks workers return to work after strike

WORCESTER, Mass. — Unionized workers at Starbucks in Worcester returned to work Monday after a week-long strike.

Workers at the East Central Street location in the city have rallied against what they call unfair labor practices. They said they were unable to respond to their inquiries with Starbucks corporate headquarters.

They said that although their complaints about the withholding of benefits and issues with management were not addressed, they were able to show that their new union is their voice.

“I think, you know, everyone is coming together and saying ‘yes, we’re going to strike’, it’s to the detriment of ourselves when we do this and of our customers,” the shift manager said. Jacob Roessler. “And to have our voice heard, we hoped to be taken seriously, we thought that was the right course of action, so to see everyone come together and make that decision was really, that was inspiring. portal.”

Workers at the site voted to join a union in June.

In a statement, a Starbucks spokesperson said the company respects the worker’s actions, saying, “We are grateful for every partner who has come into the work and we always do our best to listen to the concerns of all of our employees. partners.”

Maria D. Ervin