Workers at three New Jersey Starbucks locations are participating in a national strike ahead of the coffee chain’s Thursday shareholders meeting. As a result, patrons of Montclair (Church Street), Hopewell, and Hamilton locations are looking for other ways to fill their fix for over-priced coffee this week; the strike began at 7 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Baristas in Summit and Montclair previously picketed back in December. The allegation is union-busting and unfair labor practices, and the workers’ target is CEO Howard Shultz.
Governor Phil Murphy voiced his support for the strike participants but didn’t get into detail.
“Everyone should have a voice in their workplace. Starbucks baristas deserve a seat at the bargaining table,” Murphy tweeted on Wednesday afternoon.
Everyone should have a voice in their workplace.
Starbucks baristas deserve a seat at the bargaining table. https://t.co/qFgKSRZis9
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) March 22, 2023