FILE – Starbucks employees and supporters link arms during a union election watch party Dec. 9, 2021, in Buffalo, N.Y. Thousands of U.S. Starbucks workers plan to walk off the job Thursday — one of the chain’s busiest days of the year — to protest the company’s anti-union stance. (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex, File)
Workers at more than 200 U.S. Starbucks stores plan to walk off the job Thursday. Organizers say it’s the largest strike yet in the two-year-old effort to unionize the company’s stores. The Workers United union chose Starbucks’ annual Red Cup Day to stage the walkout since it’s usually one of the busiest days of the year. Starbucks expects to give away thousands of reusable cups Thursday to customers who order holiday drinks. The union says it’s expecting more than 5,000 workers to take part in its “Red Cup Rebellion.” Around 30 stores also staged walkouts on Wednesday.