Starbucks workers on strike at Boston location

Starbucks baristas at a Boston location are on strike beginning Monday, said Greater Boston Starbucks Workers United (SBWU). SBWU said baristas at the 874 Commonwealth Ave. location are striking for immediate changes to their workplace.SBWU said workers stated in their letter to management that their decision to strike was the result of inadequate and inconsistent scheduling, unilaterally imposed availability requirements and behavior by management that is inconsistent with Starbucks’ mission and values, as well as other company activity the union alleges violates federal labor law.Taylor Dickerson, who was recently hired at the location in February detailed she was consistently scheduled for an average of 30 hours and above every week. Dickerson said her hours were changed after the location unionized. “When we received a new manager after unionizing my hours have been cut virtually in half despite my open availability, consistency and hard work,” Dickerson said. As a result of these hour cuts, SBWU said employees are being affected negatively by these changes. “We frequently have to skip breaks to get things done on time and even then we get out of our shifts late,” Shift Manager Nora Rossi said. “We are so understaffed we’re being set up to fail every day.” These unrealistic work conditions began when Tomi Chorlian was hired as an interim manager, immediately after baristas at 874 Commonwealth Ave. won their union, SBWU said. “I’ve worked here for over a year under three different managers,” Barista Sarah Chan said. “The store has never been so consistently understaffed, yet our new manager claims there aren’t enough hours to give out while simultaneously hiring five new people.”“Not only does this make it difficult to pay bills but it hurts the store as it is often grossly understaffed, affecting our sales, cleanliness, and morale,” Dickerson said. “This response feels like a direct punishment for unionizing.” SBWU said Baristas will be picketing outside their store from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until an agreement is made between workers and management.

Starbucks baristas at a Boston location are on strike beginning Monday, said Greater Boston Starbucks Workers United (SBWU).

SBWU said baristas at the 874 Commonwealth Ave. location are striking for immediate changes to their workplace.

SBWU said workers stated in their letter to management that their decision to strike was the result of inadequate and inconsistent scheduling, unilaterally imposed availability requirements and behavior by management that is inconsistent with Starbucks’ mission and values, as well as other company activity the union alleges violates federal labor law.

Taylor Dickerson, who was recently hired at the location in February detailed she was consistently scheduled for an average of 30 hours and above every week. Dickerson said her hours were changed after the location unionized.

“When we received a new manager after unionizing my hours have been cut virtually in half despite my open availability, consistency and hard work,” Dickerson said.

As a result of these hour cuts, SBWU said employees are being affected negatively by these changes.

“We frequently have to skip breaks to get things done on time and even then we get out of our shifts late,” Shift Manager Nora Rossi said. “We are so understaffed we’re being set up to fail every day.”

These unrealistic work conditions began when Tomi Chorlian was hired as an interim manager, immediately after baristas at 874 Commonwealth Ave. won their union, SBWU said.

“I’ve worked here for over a year under three different managers,” Barista Sarah Chan said. “The store has never been so consistently understaffed, yet our new manager claims there aren’t enough hours to give out while simultaneously hiring five new people.”

“Not only does this make it difficult to pay bills but it hurts the store as it is often grossly understaffed, affecting our sales, cleanliness, and morale,” Dickerson said. “This response feels like a direct punishment for unionizing.”

SBWU said Baristas will be picketing outside their store from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until an agreement is made between workers and management.

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