Starbucks agrees to begin talks with union on bargaining deals

FILE PHOTO: A woman displays a red Starbucks cup at a Starbucks cafe in Beirut

(Reuters) -Starbucks said on Tuesday that it had agreed with the Workers United union on beginning discussions to arrive at bargaining agreements, including a process for fair organizing, and resolve outstanding litigation.

"Starbucks and Workers United have agreed to begin discussions on a foundational framework designed to achieve both collective bargaining agreements for represented stores and partners, and the resolution of litigation between the union and the company," Starbucks said in a statement.

The agreement also includes resolving litigation related to the partner benefits announced in May 2022 and the use of the Starbucks brand, the company said.

The coffee chain reached out to the union representing hundreds of its stores in the United States in December last year in an effort to mend its strained relationship with some of its frontline employees.

(Reporting by Jaiveer Singh Shekhawat in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel and Pooja Desai)