Half a dozen recently unionized workers at a Starbucks near Buffalo walked off the job Wednesday after issuing a list of demands including hazard pay, N95 face coverings, free coronavirus testing kits and company policing of compulsory masks for all customers.
Their departure prompted the temporary closure of the outlet as coronavirus cases surge across New York State, as Breitbart News reported.
Starbucks defended the decision to shutter the Buffalo store rather than keep it open with staff from other locations once the workers walked out. Starbucks spokesperson Reggie Borges explained the decision was one of safety.
“For the last two years we exceeded all safety standards to make sure our partners are safe,” Borges said.
Starbucks employees at a store in Buffalo made