Starbucks is Not Mandating Meetings with Partners

Our partner meetings are designed to provide information that will enable each partner to make the right decision for themselves. Attendance at these meetings is never required.

We know we deliver the best Starbucks experience to our customers when we create the experience together with our partners. The majority of partners in a store have the right to decide if they want their store to be unionized. When a small number of partners raised the possibility of unionizing, our obligation was to make sure that all partners in the store knew the facts and had an opportunity to make an informed, individual decision about whether they wanted their store to be unionized. Overall, only 35% of partners eligible to vote have voted, meaning that 65% – or almost twice as many – voices have not been heard.