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Starbucks Employees Begin Three-Day ‘Double-Down’ Strike Across 100 Stores — 4 In LA area

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Employees at four Los Angeles County Starbucks locations walked out today, demanding better staffing, pay and health insurance. They're part of a three-day strike happening across 100 U.S. stores.

Where in L.A.? Stores participating in the strike include Little Tokyo, Cypress Park, Long Beach and Lakewood locations.

Why this is happening: In October, Starbucks Workers United had its first and only bargaining session. The labor group has filed at least 446 unfair labor practice charges against Starbucks.

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What employees are saying: Long Beach barista Josie Serrano strongly supports the strike, saying that Starbucks has been enacting policies to undermine the union’s efforts. Serrano says:

“Starbucks is doubling down on their union busting nationwide, they're closing union stores, they're firing union partners, and we're here to say that [if] they're going to double down on that, then we're going to double down on our strike.”

Reaction from Starbucks: Starbucks told the Associated Press it "opposes the unionization effort, saying the company functions better when it works directly with employees."

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