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Hilary Rus

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Starbucks Corp has requested a meeting with President Joe Biden’s administration after unionists spoke to White House officials Thursday that the letter said most of its employees did not want to be union members.

In a letter dated Thursday and released Friday, the company said it was “deeply concerned” that Workers United, which runs hundreds of U.S. Starbucks outlets (NASDAQ :), “was invited to the meeting without inviting Starbucks officials.” .

The White House declined to comment.

On Thursday, Biden met with workers and job organizers wishing to represent employees of Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ :), Starbucks and other employers.

Among the participants were Christian Smalls, who heads the Amazon Labor Union, and Workers United, a branch of the International Union of Employees Service.

“We believe this lack of representation reduces the reality that most of our partners oppose being union members, and the unions ‘tactics used by Workers United,” Starbucks’ senior vice president of global affairs said in a letter. communications AJ Jones II. The coffee chain calls its baristas and other employees partners.

“We have a much more positive vision of our partners and our company than Workers United. And our vision is based on listening, connecting, collaborating and interacting directly with our partners,” the statement said.

Employees of more than 50 American Starbucks coffee shops have decided to join the Workers United union, while five stores voted against the union of about 240 that have been running since August.

On Thursday, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders held a hearing on Amazon’s work practices and last month praised Starbucks staff https://richmond.com/news/local/in-richmond-visit-saners-calls-unionizing-starbucks-employees- heroes -and-heroines / article_52dca276-60a1-57b0-9170-f48fa0ef3a6b.html seeks to unite coffee shops. “You are defending justice, defending dignity and helping to revitalize the trade union movement in this country,” Sanders said.

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