Starbucks to Close its Unionized Store on College Avenue, Workers Claim Retaliation

On Friday, June 10, Starbucks started acting upon its recently announced intentions to permanently close its College Avenue location. Workers are now contesting this decision and the legality of the store closure. 

On June 8, Ithaca community members and Starbucks Workers United, workers’ union at Starbucks, gathered in front of the College Avenue store to protest against the closure. Through its social media platform, Starbucks Workers United accused Starbucks of allegedly closing the College Avenue store location as a form of retaliation. “Starbucks is trying to close the unionized College Ave store in Ithaca. The reason they’re giving [for closure]?