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

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