By COLlive reporter
Jewish people, supporters of Israel, and those opposing the barbaric actions of Hamas have been boycotting the Starbucks chain of coffeehouses over Starbucks Workers United, publically supporting the Gaza-based terror group.
As reported on COLlive.com, Union chapters wrote “Solidarity with Palestine!” on social media, and promoted a “Long Live Palestinian Resistance” rally in Boston. This followed the brutal invasion of Hamas into Israel on Simchas Torah in which close to 1,500 Jews were killed.
Starbucks Workers United, an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), expressed “Solidarity with Palestine!” in deleted social media posts.
On Wednesday, Starbucks Corp. filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. It stated that Workers United have no right to use the brand name, logo and intellectual property.
“The actions taken by the union have nothing to do with its representation of the minority of partners who voted for them to bargain on their behalf,” they stated. “In fact, their continued statements have led to Starbucks partners, including some they represent, being threatened and subjected to graphic messages.
“Such reckless and reprehensible behavior must be addressed through the lens of our partners’ safety and public clarity of Starbucks official position, which condemns the violence in the region. This position is apart from our continued commitment to good faith bargaining that we have insisted through hundreds of requests and unfair labor practice filings.
“Yesterday, Workers United President Lynne Fox rejected our request to take steps to ensure clarity and protect our partners. Today’s action is a necessary step in defense of our partners and our company. This action will not impede our unequivocal commitment to bargain in good faith.”
Howard Schultz, the former CEO of Starbucks, spoke with Duvi Honig, founder and CEO of the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce. Honig led a campaign titled, “Drinking a Cup of Starbucks is Drinking a Cup of Jewish Blood.”
According to Honig, Starbucks “sent out a text message to all its employees immediately after the conversation, reaffirming its condemnation of terrorism and hate, clarifying that the statements made by Workers do not represent the views, positions, or beliefs of Starbucks and legal action would be taken against them if they do so.”
AJ Jones II, Executive Vice President, Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer at Starbucks, wrote to Honig: “We strongly disagree with the views expressed by Workers United.”
“The Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce applauded Starbucks Corporate leadership, which took immediate action, filing a lawsuit against the union workers who support Hamas immediately and banned them from using the company’s name and logo,” Honig wrote in response.
“Starbucks made it clear that the actions and statements of Workers United belong solely to them and do not reflect the company’s stance or principles. Despite previous attempts to resolve the issue peacefully, Starbucks decision to take legal action to defend its corporate reputation and identify the stores who they are suing for support of Hamas and Jewish bloodshed.”