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Starbucks Threatens Trans Benefits in Anti-Union Push, Staff Say

  • Baristas say managers warn they may lose benefits with union
  • Inclusive health coverage has long been perk for coffee chain

Starbucks Corp. managers in several states have told baristas that its vaunted transgender-inclusive health-care benefits could go away if they unionize, employees alleged in interviews and a new complaint filed with the US labor board.

“I think the company realizes that we as trans partners feel particularly vulnerable at this time,” said Oklahoma Starbucks employee Neha Cremin. “I think that in some cases they are willing to take advantage of that.”