A Brewing Conflict: Starbucks Faces Backlash from Workers’ Union over Pride Decorations
Starbucks has come forward to dismiss the claims made by a workers’ union, which alleged that the company had ordered the removal of LGBTQ Pride flags from its US stores. These allegations have caused quite a stir on social media, putting the brand under scrutiny.
Twitter Controversy Erupts as Starbucks Workers United Sparks Outrage
Starbucks Workers United, a union that represents Starbucks employees, sparked a wave of controversy with a tweet claiming that Starbucks had prohibited the display of Pride Month decorations in its US stores. Their tweet read, “BREAKING: In the middle of Pride Month, Starbucks BANS Pride decorations in stores across the United States.” The union also drew comparisons between Starbucks and Target, who faced criticism for their handling of Pride merchandise.
Starbucks Firmly Denies Allegations, Stands with LGBTQIA2+ Community
In response to these allegations, Starbucks firmly refuted any changes in its policies. The coffee giant reiterated its unwavering support for the LGBTQIA2+ community and expressed deep concern over the spread of false information. A Starbucks spokesperson stated, “There has been no change to any policy on this matter, and we continue to encourage our store leaders to embrace Pride celebrations with their communities, including for U.S. Pride month in June.”
Union’s Claims Met with Pushback and a Fact Check
Despite Starbucks’ strong denial, Starbucks Workers United remained adamant about their accusations and continued to share stories of alleged Pride decoration removals on social media. As a result, Twitter flagged the original allegation with a “Community Notes” fact check, acknowledging that “Starbucks has denied the union’s accusation of banning Pride decorations.”
The brewing controversy sheds light on the increasing tensions between the coffee chain and its workers’ union.
As Starbucks Denies Union’s Allegations, Discord Arises Over Pride Decorations