Med Center Starbucks seeks to become second unionized location in Houston

As a statewide organising drive among baristas continues despite company officials using a variety of carrots and sticks, another Starbucks in Houston is attempting to unionise.

In a letter to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on Monday, staff at the Medical Center's 6400 Fannin Starbucks said that they had petitioned the National Labor Relations Board to organise.

The letter's authors contend that recent pay increases have been "too little and too late," which has led to excessive staff turnover—roughly 70% of the store's employees have been with Starbucks for a year or less.

They wrote: "We'd like to be very clear that we recognise these are problems that exist on a business level and ones that the lowest-paid workers of this firm are looking to address. 

Many baristas have stated that their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic served as inspiration for their work.

The Med Center location's organisers claimed that Starbucks at the time "insisted that their baristas were also "essential workers"."