In just a little over six months, the number of Starbucks outlets where workers are represented by a union has spiked from zero to 165.
This pro-union wildfire is stunning. But should it be unexpected?
After more than two years on the frontlines of a pandemic, low-wage workers like those at Starbucks have seen modest increases in their wages. But in most cases, these raises have been overtaken by inflation. And meanwhile, paychecks for those at the top of the corporate ladder are soaring.
A recent Institute for Policy Studies report found that the average pay gap between CEOs and median workers at the 300 U.S. corporations with the lowest median worker pay hit 671 to 1 in 2021, up from 604 to 1 in 2020.
At Starbucks, the gap was even larger.
— source commondreams.org | Brian Wakamo | Jun 23, 2022