Now Bernie Sanders is Taking on Starbucks.

The CEO is being called to testify about union busting.

Lauren Elizabeth


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Starbucks certainly had their fair share of controversy this past year, as multiple stores across the country try and succeed in efforts to unionize employees, and the company — of course — continues to make it known that they want no part of it. In fact, the union busting efforts have become so transparent and brazen, none other than Bernie Sanders is now going to be subpoenaing Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.

Amelia Lucas with CNBC writes:

“Sen. Bernie Sanders is making good on his threat of a subpoena for Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on what Sanders has called union-busting activity at the company’s coffee shops.

Sanders said Wednesday that the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, or HELP, Committee will vote March 8 on whether to issue a subpoena for Schultz, who previously declined to appear in front of the committee.

Sanders said in a statement that Schultz has denied meeting and document requests and refused to answer questions from him and his fellow senators.

“Unfortunately, Mr. Schultz has given us no choice, but to subpoena him,” Sanders said in a statement…”

It really shouldn’t be lost on any of us that Starbucks is a multi-billion dollar company, with all the resources in the world to be able to treat their workers with dignity and respect. And yet here we are, with Starbucks deciding they would rather go in front of Congress than allow their workers to take part in their right to organize and fight for better wages and working conditions. They’re not fighting unionization efforts because they’re paranoid that it’s going to bring the company to the brink of financial ruin. They’re doing it because they know the moment people might begin to realize their worth and what they’re capable of achieving, they might expect more.

If nothing else, at least there’s one politician in Congress who is bound and determined to make sure that this company is accountable for its actions.

Personally, I’ve always found it fascinating to see people like Howard Schultz attempt to justify their actions. How does he live with it? How do they explain away the fact that they’re retaliating against people who simply have the audacity to fight for better for themselves and their coworkers?

There’s nothing more threatening to people like Howard Schultz than their employees fighting for the collective good. Nothing more threatening than people realizing maybe they deserve a little bit better.

Bernie Sanders intends to make the Starbucks CEO a poster boy for corporate greed, and I’m eager to see it.

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Lauren Elizabeth

Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at or Twitter @xlauren_mx