On Thursday, February 22, students from more than two dozen colleges demanded their institutions “cancel their contracts with Starbucks in protest against the company’s response to union organizing efforts,” according to TheGuardian (UK).
Students from California to New York - in conjunction with Starbucks Workers United - pointed to the coffee giant’s less-than-worker-friendly tactics in dealing with demands for unionizing. Restaurant Dive lists some of those tactics, which include “workplace surveillance and diluting the electoral pool at unionizing locations, firing workers involved with the union in alleged retaliation, and alleged solicitation of grievances in an effort to stymie union organizing.”
The powerful cede power only when forced to, and it’ll be most interesting to see what effect these and other protests have on Starbucks’ policy. The Guardian reports that . . .
“nearly 400 Starbucks stores around the US have won union elections to join Starbucks Workers United since December 2021...but a first union contract for any store has yet to be reached.”
As any giant corporation would, Starbucks claimed there’s nothing to see here, folks, just move along now...Several sources quote a spokesperson for the coffee chain: “While we remain longstanding advocates of civil discourse, our focus is on fulfilling our promise to offer a bridge to a better future for all partners – through competitive pay, industry-leading benefits for part-time work, and our continued efforts to negotiate fair contracts for partners at stores that have chosen union representation.”
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student Haya Odeh puts about as much credence into that statement as you do. “We’re just not going to let Starbucks slide with the injustices they pass on to workers,” she’s quoted in The Guardian. “Their union busting is just the very tip of the iceberg. Their labor practices and how they treat their workers, we want to push the message that we’re not going to stand for this as students.”
Georgetown University’s paper TheHoya reported on a panel discussion held on February 22, sponsored by Georgetown Students Against Starbucks (GSAS). “Panelist Meghin Martin, a former partner at Starbucks and member of SWU, said Starbucks has refused to engage in good faith bargaining, a type of negotiation in which both parties must sincerely resolve to reach a collective bargaining agreement.
‘Their whole game plan is running the union dry, wait as long as they possibly can, and hope that we either just give up, we run out of money.’”
Speaking of money, Starbucks has quite a lot of it. Those protesting its labor practices have gumption, dedication to the cause of the worker, and the desire to end corporate exploitation.
Time will declare the victor. For the moment, a cup of coffee would be terrific. A nice, home-brewed cup in a porcelain mug that can be used time and again...
Every individual must find a path to true happiness on their own, but these tips may help.
When was the last time you were truly happy? How do you even know that you are truly happy? Life is full of many disappointments and we can get easily carried away and forget to appreciate the small things. Here are 5 surprising secrets of true happiness to help you appreciate life more.
Don't Compare Your Achievements
As humans, it is normal for us to be naturally competitive. There is always that voice within us that keeps telling us that we can be and do better; that silent whisper in our head that keeps motivating us to push further. However, the problem comes in when we start comparing our achievements with those of other people. For example, if we start comparing our fitness goals with those of others, we will end up getting disappointed since different people have totally different lifestyles. Therefore, if you want to attain true happiness in life, stop comparing your achievements with others; compete with yourself instead.
Do Things That Scare You
When was the last time you did something new? When was the last time you went to a place you've never been to before? When was the last time you did something random? When was the last time you did things that scared you? The whole world is out there reaching out to you to embrace it. Stop being too predictable in everything you do. Take a random trip to a new place on Friday after work. Quit your job and start that business that you've always been procrastinating. Take a bus and talk to the stranger sitting next to you. They say that life is what happens when you are busy making other plans, and I say true happiness is found in the strangest of places.
Live in the Present
What if you don't land that job? What if he doesn't propose after years of dating? What if…. We are all prone to get carried away by the uncertainty of the future that we forget to embrace and enjoy our present. We do not know what the future holds, and worrying about it every second will not change a thing. Sometimes it's good to just let things happen. Enjoy everything you have in your present because tomorrow it could be a privilege you wish you had.
Relish in Your Alone Time
When was the last time you had a conversation with yourself? If you cannot recall the answer to that question, then it's high time you created some alone time. Alone time is always a good opportunity for you to evaluate your life and see the best direction for you to take. It is the best time for you to make some critical life decisions. What can you do to be happy? Who do you need to let go in your life so you could be happier? These decisions are best made when you have an honest conversation with yourself in your alone time.
Listen to Your Inner Voice
It is always advisable to follow your intuition. Your heart always knows what your head hasn't figured out. If you have a bad feeling about something, it is best if you don't follow through with it. On the same note, if you have a good feeling about someone, it is advisable to give them a chance, and who knows, you could make the best memories with them.
The key to happiness is in your hand. With all the disappointments that life keeps throwing at us every day, we are left with the option of creating our own happiness. If you want to be truly happy and you have no idea where to start, try making use of these 5 surprising secrets of true happiness and thank me later!