Starbucks unit’s employees protest closings, turn to union

BLOOMINGTON Minn. Some baristas at a Starbucks unit in Minnesota’s Mall of America stopped working briefly on Monday to protest the coffeehouse giant’s plans to close 600 stores across the nation. The protesters delivered a letter to their manager demanding a severance package for laid-off workers and an option to transfer to other stores, among other things.

About half of the store’s 13 employees later agreed to join the Starbucks Workers Union, which is affi

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