(Bloomberg) -- Starbucks Corp., in a break from the labor tactics of its former chief executive officer, said it agreed with the main union representing its workers to start talks about how to achieve collective-bargaining agreements and provide a fair process for union organizing.Most Read from BloombergApple to Wind Down Electric Car Effort After Decadelong OdysseyA Spike in Heart Disease Deaths Since Covid Is Puzzling ScientistsOffice Tower Deal for $1 Reveals Anxiety Among Longtime BuyersNig
Starbucks and the union organizing its U.S. workers said Tuesday they have agreed to begin talks with the aim of reaching labor agreements. The announcement was a breakthrough for the two sides, which have been at odds since Workers United first organized baristas at a Starbucks store in Buffalo, New York, in late 2021. “Starbucks and Workers United have a shared commitment to establishing a positive relationship in the interests of Starbucks partners,” the company and the union said in a joint statement.
Starbucks and a union seeking to organize the coffee chain's U.S. workforce said on Tuesday they have agreed to create a "framework" to guide organizing and collective bargaining and potentially settle scores of pending legal disputes. In a joint announcement, Starbucks and Workers United said that during talks last week to settle an ongoing court case, "a constructive path forward emerged" on the future of the nationwide labor campaign that began in 2021 and has led workers to unionize at nearly 400 of the company's 9,000 U.S. stores. According to the announcement, Starbucks and the union agreed to begin discussions on a "foundational framework" that includes a fair process for workers to organize and a process to achieve collective bargaining agreements on a store-by-store basis.