The Iowa City Starbucks, located at Burlington and Clinton in downtown, is the first and so far only Starbucks in Iowa to unionize. Their efforts to meet with the company, however, have remained unsuccessful, just like the hundreds of unionized Starbucks stores across the US.
Workers shut down the store Monday, which was the first day of classes at the University of Iowa, located across the street from campus. It was a “Back to School Strike,” according to their Twitter post.
First day of classes strike! Downtown Iowa City Starbucks is striking today to protest poor management, come out and show your support on the picket line 10-12 and 3-5pm ❤️ pic.twitter.com/JTc0QGjw3C
— Iowa City Starbucks Workers United (@IowaCitySBWU) August 21, 2023
Other people in the community joined in during the strike, including Adam Zabner (D-Iowa City), who tweeted, “Proud to stand with Starbucks workers in Iowa City who are bravely striking for better working conditions.”
Proud to stand with Starbucks workers in Iowa City who are bravely striking for better working conditions pic.twitter.com/MpwKmJMuAE
— Adam Zabner (@AdamZabner) August 21, 2023
“Union busting is disgusting,” read one employee’s sign.
“No contract, no coffee,” read another.
Workers were not available for further comment this week.
by Grace Katzer
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