Starbucks Unionbusters Threaten to Strip Abortion Coverage – 10 Starbucks Stores Go on Strike  – 400 Planned Parenthood Workers Move to Unionize in 5 States

Oklahoma City Starbucks workers celebrate their 2nd win (Photo Credit: OKC Starbucks Workers United)


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Starbucks Unionbusters Threaten to Strip Abortion Coverage as Workers Strike

As abortion rights were stripped from tens of millions of Americans, dozens of major companies have offered female employees travel and financial support for abortions in states where it is still legal. 

Clothing retailer Patagonia is taking this advocacy one step further, offering to bail out employees that are arrested in abortion rights protests. 

“Caring for employees extends beyond basic health insurance, so we take a more holistic approach to coverage and support overall wellness to which every human has a right,” the company said in a statement.

While Starbucks publicly boasted that they would cover travel costs for employees seeking abortions out-of-state, they hinted that they may not cover those costs for workers seeking to unionize. This follows Starbucks earlier this month threatening that gender-affirming transition care may not be available to unionizing employees. 

“Starbucks says that it will cover abortion travel but threatens not to for union workers,” tweeted Starbucks union leader Richard Bensinger. “Every single human right is undermined by Starbucks’ toxic and twisted union-busting.” 

At the same time, workers went on strike at ten Starbucks locations across the country in an impressive show of solidarity.

See a list of all striking locations here

400 Planned Parenthood Workers to Unionize in Upper Midwest 

Over 400 workers in ​​Planned Parenthood North Central States’ 28 facilities in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska are voting on whether to unionize this month. 

Both South and North Dakota have legislation that will ban abortion beginning this month. Iowa is also expected to quickly pass a ban on abortion, making this union election critical for many frontline workers. 

“Our right to provide this care is constantly under attack, and we can’t afford to lose dedicated, mission-driven abortion care providers to burnout and exhaustion,” Sadie Brewer, a registered nurse in Minnesota said in a press statement. “Now more than ever, we need as much protection and security as possible, and a union is going to give us that.”

For more, check out the St. Paul Union Advocate 

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New Jersey Transit to Fine Union over Juneteeth “Sickout” Strike

Over the Juneteeth holiday weekend, workers at New Jersey transit called off at three times the normal rate to protest the lack of overtime for working on the federal holiday of Juneteeth. 

While the fourteen unions that previously settled contract disputes with New Jersey Transit received overtime for working on the holiday, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET), which has yet to settle a union contract, did not receive overtime pay. BLET President James Brown then wrote to workers that despite not having time off, workers should not “let that deter you from celebrating the holiday.”

New Jersey Transit is now asking a federal judge to order the union to repay the transit authority for revenue lost doing the shut downs. 

For more, check out New Jersey Advance Media 

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About the Author

Mike Elk
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter and alumni of the Guardian. In addition to filing nearly 2,000 stories from 46 states, Elk traveled with Lula from Sáo Bernando do Campos all the way to the Oval Office in the White House. Credited by the Washington Post for being the first reporter to track the strike wave systematically, Elk started Payday Report using his NLRB settlement from being illegally fired for union organizing in 2015. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and works frequently in Rio de Janeiro, where he attended college at PUC-Rio. He speaks both Portuguese and Pittsburghese fluently. His email is [email protected]

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