SEATTLE — The first Starbucks to apply for union elections in Seattle is closing permanently.
Starbucks said it told workers Monday at its Broadway and Denny’s Capitol location that it would close stores as safety and security incidents “continue to escalate” despite efforts to reduce minimal.
The store is scheduled to close on December 9.
Starbucks said it regularly reviews the employee and customer experience at its stores, and if safety issues continue to jeopardize the health of employees, it will close the location. The company said it will work to relocate employees to other stores where possible.
“Our goal is to ensure that every partner is supported and we will negotiate in good faith with the union to discuss the impact of this decision on our partners, including including the opportunity to switch to stores in other regions,” a Starbucks spokesperson said in a statement. .
However, Starbucks worker United, the union representing Starbucks employees, claimed the closure was retaliation.
“We begged a social worker and security guard since before I worked there, but the only answers we got were vague gestures that ‘we were heard. ‘, while the company continues to ignore the problems,” the employee said. Rachel Ybarra said in a statement. “Our safety has never been a concern for Starbucks.”
This isn’t the first Starbucks store to close because of crime. In July, Starbucks announced it was planning to close five stores in the Seattle area over crime concerns, two of which were unionized.
The union said Starbucks closed three other consolidated stores in Seattle at Olive Way, Holman Road and First and Pike. Nationwide, the union announced Starbucks had closed nine union stores on allegations of retaliation.
https://www.king5.com/article/news/local/seattle/first-seattle-union-starbucks-closing-crime-retaliation/281-e0fc04ea-0b5c-4a26-990f-dde3e04b92e8 Union Starbucks at Broadway and Denny in Seattle closing