Tennessee Labor Movement Congratulates Starbucks Workers on Memphis Win
After workers at a Memphis Starbucks store voted to unionize, Tennessee AFL-CIO President Billy Dycus issued the following statement.
"This is what solidarity looks like. Thanks to the brave workers who refused to be intimidated by a powerful, union-busting corporation that used every scare tactic in the book, Memphis now has its first organized Starbucks location. Today’s vote sends a clear message that we know to be true: the people united will never be defeated.
Every worker deserves to be treated with dignity, respect, and fairness on the job. A union is the single best tool to make that idea a reality at workplaces across the country and help level the playing field. Now, it’s time for Starbucks to come to the bargaining table without delay and negotiate a fair contract that fully addresses the workers’ concerns. We are incredibly proud of the leadership, strength, and solidarity of the Memphis 7 and their supporters and welcome these new members of our Tennessee labor family."