The pay and working conditions at Starbucks are exceptionally competitive. In August this year, the average wage for staff reached $17 per hour, while the direct engagement of company leadership with employees to better understand what reform is needed in stores has resulted in increased training time and support for staff. There is no need to unionize.
Starbucks' workers' efforts to unionize — with the aim of collectivizing their bargaining power to negotiate fair wage increases and better working conditions — have been unfairly hampered by the union-busting tactics of their employer. Claims of retaliation against workers and unfair labor practices are being investigated and, in the meantime, company representatives should come to the table and negotiate improvements.
There is a 50% chance that at least 12% of American workers will be represented by a labor union in 2030, according to the Metaculus prediction community.