USA, Entire Starbucks Worker Quits Work in Protest After Immediate Layoff    Repubblica TV

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A whole group of Starbucks employees in Buffalo, New York, fled the store after a manager fired a worker. Sam Amato, the employee in question, was kicked out of the store last week after working for Starbucks for over 13 years. The headquarters, whose employees voted to organize in March, remained closed after Friday’s protests as workers went on strike to demand his reinstatement. Recently, Starbucks Workers United, an organization dedicated to helping Starbucks workers across the United States, posted a breaking video on TikTok. The video, which has been viewed more than 20 million times, appears to show customers waiting to be served. Then, in a split second, two employees can be seen walking past customers with rectangular pieces of cardboard while the customers watch. The footage then switches to a scene showing other Starbucks employees with aprons and boxes in hand and customers exiting the store. “When the whole place leaves after management unfairly fired a colleague of yours for being a union leader,” reads the video’s caption. People have taken to social media to express their support after some claimed Amato was sacked because he was a union leader. One person wrote: “Starbucks is really determined to ruin their reputation right?”. Another wrote: “I like to see people united”. A third wrote, “Businesses and corporations need to realize they don’t make money without people.” Other Starbucks employees joined in to express their closeness. Although Starbucks claims Amato was fired for closing the store lobby without authorization, Starbucks Workers United said it was a cover for firing a union leader. Amato also said he did not choose to close the entrance. “I was fired for being a union leader in my industry. My manager couldn’t even explain why they fired me. She couldn’t look me in the eye,” he said. Amato is one of dozens of union leaders Starbucks has fired in recent months as the organizational tide continues, spreading to more than 200 locations across the United States, despite management laying off workers.

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