Starbucks Union Workers Calling For More Staffing on Red Cup Day

Unionized workers at Starbucks are planning their largest strike ever…on Red Cup Day.

That is one of the busiest days of the year for Starbucks, when it offers to serve you coffee in a free reusable holiday-themed cup.

Starbucks Workers United  is demanding the company come to an agreement over staffing and scheduling issues on Red Cup Day, along with turning off mobile ordering for big promotion days.

Union officials say Red Cup Day, is the “biggest sales event of the season” for Starbucks, but is also “one of the most infamously hard, understaffed days for the baristas that work them.”


A 2011 Starbucks holiday cup is displayed, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, at a Starbucks in New York. The Seattle-based company is celebrating 20 years of holiday coffee cups. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) used locally Nov 14th 2023