KC Starbucks Workers Protest Alleged Union-Busting

Kansas City locations join the anti-union-busting protests happening nationwide

Kansas City-area Starbucks workers will protest union-busting tactics at 4 p.m. March 3. 

There will be two demonstrations – one at Starbucks’ Country Club Plaza location, 302 Nichols Rd, Kansas City MO, and the other at the Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS.

These protests are a reaction to the firings of seven Starbucks union leaders in Memphis and Buffalo. Recently, the company has threatened to slash worker benefits in response to the union organization in the area. 

“I’m willing to get fired as long as our voices get heard,” senior Josh Hall, who works at the 75th St. and I-35 location, said. 

Before the protests, there will be a press conference at 3 p.m. with a lineup of speakers, including the Vice President of Missouri Faith Voices, Clarence Brown and Terrence Wise, a McDonald’s worker, a leader in Stand Up KC and the Missouri Workers Center.

“It is past time for workers in fast food and the service industry to have a voice on the job and a seat at the table,” Wise said. “And we have a message for Starbucks: workers in Kansas City will not be intimidated or divided, and we will do whatever it takes to make sure that Starbucks respects workers’ right to unionize.”

Three Starbucks locations in the country have fully unionized and two locations in Kansas City have the intent to unionize as of March 2.