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Record #: R2022-142   
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Intro date: 3/23/2022 Current Controlling Legislative Body:
Final action: 3/23/2022
Title: Expression of support for Starbucks' workers unionization efforts
Sponsors: Sadlowski Garza, Susan, Valencia, Anna M., La Spata, Daniel , Hopkins, Brian , Dowell, Pat, King, Sophia D., Hairston, Leslie A., Sawyer, Roderick T., Harris, Michelle A., Beale, Anthony, Cardenas, George A., Quinn, Marty, Burke, Edward M., Lopez, Raymond A., Coleman, Stephanie D. , Moore, David H., Curtis, Derrick G., O'Shea, Matthew J., Taylor, Jeanette B. , Brookins, Jr., Howard, Rodriguez, Michael D., Tabares, Silvana, Scott, Jr. Michael, Sigcho-Lopez, Byron, Maldonado, Roberto, Burnett, Jr., Walter, Taliaferro, Chris, Reboyras, Ariel, Cardona, Jr., Felix , Waguespack, Scott, Rodriguez Sanchez, Rossana , Austin, Carrie M., Ramirez-Rosa, Carlos, Villegas, Gilbert, Mitts, Emma, Sposato, Nicholas, Nugent, Samantha , Vasquez, Jr., Andre, Napolitano, Anthony V., Smith, Michele, Gardiner, James M. , Cappleman, James, Martin, Matthew J. , Osterman, Harry, Hadden, Maria E. , Silverstein, Debra L.
Topic: CITY COUNCIL - Miscellaneous
Attachments: 1. R2022-142.pdf





Type: Title:


Committee(s) Assignment:


Martin (47) Osterman (48) Hadden (49) Silverstein (50) Resolution

Expression of support for Starbucks' workers unionization efforts




WHEREAS, union representation has important benefits for workers, particularly for workers of color, including better pay, benefits, working conditions, and job security. The Union Members - 2020 report released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on January 22, 2021, found that in 2020 "[non]union workers had median weekly earnings that were 84 percent of earnings for workers who were union members"; and


WHEREAS, on December 6, 2021, Bloomberg reported that U.S. corporations are amassing record profits, explaining that "third-quarter after-tax corporate profits from current production amounted to 11% of gross domestic product," "more profits in the three months ended in September than ever before. Not just in dollar terms—something that happens frequently—but as a share of the economy"; and


WHEREAS, on October 28, 2021, Starbucks issued a press release claiming, "Record Q4 and Full Year Fiscal 2021 Results," and "Consolidated net revenues of $29.1 billion increased 24% (21% on a 52-week basis) from the prior year"; and


WHEREAS, on September 2, 2021, Gallup reported 68% of adults in the U.S. support labor unions, the highest approval rate since 1965, and 77% of young adults (18-34 year olds) support unions; and


WHEREAS, in December 2021, workers employed at two Starbucks locations in Buffalo, NY, successfully voted to unionize into Starbucks Workers United, a Workers United affiliate, and are currently fighting for a first contract; and


WHEREAS, Starbucks executives are notorious for opposing the unionization of their workforce, employing tactics that workers have described as "union busting"; and


WHEREAS, On October 13, 2021, W1VB, the CBS affiliate in Buffalo, NY, reported that Starbucks "closed two of its Buffalo-area stores that are attempting to become the first locations in the country to unionize"; and


WHEREAS, on October 29, 2021, CNBC reported that the National Labor Relations Board ruled in favor of Starbucks Workers United, when Starbucks attempted to prohibit individual stores from holding unionization votes; and


WHEREAS, on November 21, 2021, Bloomberg reported that "Pro-union employees have alleged that in recent weeks Starbucks deployed out-of-town managers to visit their stores and try to dissuade them from unionizing. The employees said they were pressured to attend meetings in which company representatives warned that organizing could lead to the loss of some benefits"; and


WHEREAS the City of Chicago, following the law in the State of Illinois, is committed to remaining neutral in the event of an organizing drive amongst its employees and to



recognizing the union of its employees' choice, as expressed by a simple majority signing a union card; and


WHEREAS this card check neutrality means that these employees have a legally protected right to discuss unionization free from threats, intimidation, anti-union propaganda, anti-union meetings and lawsuits; and


WHEREAS workers at a growing number of Chicago Starbucks Coffee stores have reported that they are attempting to organize into the union Starbucks Workers United, and have requested support from elected officials to demand Starbucks "let the workers freely decide without any interference, threats or intimidation"; NOW, THEREFORE,




Section 1. The Chicago City Council supports Starbucks workers who are organizing to form a union in Chicago and surrounding suburbs. The Chicago City Council believes that this unionization drive will benefit not only Starbucks workers, but all workers in Chicago.


Section 2. The Chicago City Council, noting that the City of Chicago practices union-friendly policies in employment matters, urges Starbucks to do the same and accept card check neutrality and allow their workforce to discuss unionization free from threats, intimidation, anti-union propaganda, and lawsuits. If Starbucks workers in Chicago unionize, the Chicago City Council urges Starbucks to bargain a fair contract such that the workers can have good standards of living and the company's overwhelming wealth does not flow just to the top executives and shareholders.

Susan Sadlowski Garza Alderwoman, 10th Ward

Anna M. Valencia Clerk

Section 3. The Chicago City Council recommends all workers in Chicago organize into unions to collectively fight for better wages, benefits, and working conditions.


I he following legislation is being introduced by Alderwoman Susan Sadlowski Garza regarding Resolution supporting Starbucks workers unionization efforts co-sponsored by


Daniel La Spata

George Cardenas


Alderman Ward 12

Marty Quinn

Alderman Ward 13

Edward Burke

Alderman Ward 14

Raymond Lopez

Alderman Ward 15

Stephanie Coleman

Alderman Ward 16

David Moore

Alderman Ward 17

Derrick Curtis

Alderman Ward 18

Matt O'Shea

Alderman Ward 19

Jeanette Coleman

Alderman Ward 20

Howard Brookins

Alderman  Ward 21

Michael Rodriguez

Alderman Ward 22

Alderman Ward 1 Brian Hopkins Alderman Ward 2 Pat Dowell Alderman Ward 3 Sophia King Alderman Ward 4 Leslie Hairston Alderman Ward 5 Roderick Sawyer Alderman Ward 5



Alderman Ward 7 Michelle Harris Alderman Ward 8 Anthony Beale Alderman Ward 9 Susan Sadlowski Garza Alderman Ward 10



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ihc following legislation is being introduced by Alderwoman Susan Sadlowski Garza regarding Resolution supporting Starbucks workers unionization efforts co-sponsored by


Carrie Austin

Silvana Tabares


Alderman Ward 23

Alderman Ward 34


Michael Scott, Jr.

Carlos Ramirez Rosa


Alderman Ward 24

Alderman Ward 35


Gilbert Villegas

Byron Sigcho Lopez


Alderman Ward 25

Alderman Ward 36


Emma Mitts

Roberto Maldonado


Alderman Ward 26

Alderman Ward 37


Walter Burnett

Nicholas Sposato


Alderman Ward 38

Alderman Ward 27



Samantha Nugent


Alderman Ward 39

Alderman Ward 28


Andre Vasquez

Chris Taliaferro


Alderman Ward 40

Alderman Ward 29


Ariel Reboyras

Anthony Napolitano


Alderman Ward 41

Alderman Ward 30


Felix Cardona Jr.


Alderman Ward 31

Alderman Ward 42


Michele Smith

Scott Waugespack


Alderman Ward 43

Alderman Ward 32



Rosanna Rodriguez Sanchez


Alderman Ward 44

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The following legislation is being introduced by Alderwoman Susan Sadlowski Garza regarding Resolution supporting Starbucks workers unionization efforts co-sponsored by

Jim Gardiner

Alderman Ward 45                     Mayor Lightfoot

James Cappleman                     Anna M. Valencia

Alderman Ward 46                     Clerk Valencia

Matt Martin

Alderman Ward 47 Harry Osterman Alderman Ward 48 Maria Hadden Alderman Ward 49 Deb Silverstein Alderman Ward 50

























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