The backlash by workers against Starbucks management — including strikes and protests around the country — has come to Loudoun County this weekend.
Protesters and striking workers gathered outside the Starbucks on Market Street in Leesburg this morning. Customers tell The Burn that the Market Street location was temporarily closed because of the action.
According to a GoFundMe page, workers at the Leesburg store are concerned about steep cuts in their hours.
“Employees (are) struggling to pay bills,” the appeal reads. “Many employees are now not meeting the minimum number of hours to be eligible for health coverage.”
This is just one of many ULP strikes that have hit Starbucks locations around the U.S. ULP stands for unfair labor practices.
In recent weeks, similar strikes have hit Starbucks stores in Portland OR, Kansas City MO and Peoria IL.
The strikes are related to a huge push by Starbucks workers to unionize that has swept quickly across many of the brand’s roughly 15,000 coffee shops in the country.
In other Starbucks news, there are reports that the brand’s mobile ordering app is down across the country — the second time a wide outage has hit the app this month.