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‘Pure propaganda’: inside Starbucks’ anti-union tactics

By Nick Bowlin in Denver, Colorado

04 May 2022 · 16 min read

For one Denver store, where labor culture isn't strong, their union drive is notable – and as soon as it was announced, high-ranking company figures began visiting

When Starbucks management came for Sean Andrews, it didn’t surprise him, exactly. Tensions were already running high in the Denver coffee shop where he worked. A few days prior, Andrews’ fellow baristas had walked off the job in a six-hour strike. They were demonstrating for their unionization effort and against what they saw as a sustained pattern of anti-labor tactics by Starbucks.

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