Workers fighting to unionize the Biddeford Starbucks marked Labor Day by striking outside the coffee shop.
Five workers were joined by supporters from other unions for a one-day strike outside the Alfred Street location in the rain on Monday, according to the Portland Press Herald.
That comes as the workers accuse the Seattle-based coffee giant of engaging in anti-union activity, including throwing out union flyers, taking down posters about workers rights, retaliating against workers and cutting the location’s hours by closing at 3 p.m. instead of 8 p.m., the Press Herald reported.
“The union-busting campaign has gone on for too long now,” Starbucks worker and union organizer Ash Macomber told the Press Herald.
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The coffee shop’s workers made news in May when they announced their intention to form a union, becoming the first in Maine and just the latest across the country to join a coast-to-coast organizing wave.
The workers cited a high turnover, less support for training and safety concerns as reasons to form a union. The shop voted 9-3 on July 14 to form a union.
Now the Starbucks on Middle Street in Portland has joined the Biddeford workers in seeking union recognition.
A Starbucks spokesperson told the Press Herald that store hours are determined by market conditions and that the national chain “respects” its workers while not responding to accusations of retaliation.