47 LGBTQ+, Immigrant, Faith and Civil Rights Organizations Demand Starbucks Call on HMSHost to Fix Stores

Our allies are calling on Starbucks to use whatever power it has to ensure these issues are resolved at HMSHost-operated Starbucks’ stores across the United States.

“I am encouraged to see these workers coming forward with their stories, and the solidarity of these airport Starbucks workers is inspiring. LGBTQ workers and allies, workers of all races and different religions, immigrants, refugees, and people born here, are all organizing together to address these problems and improve their lives. We have reached out to Starbucks about these issues. Unfortunately, Starbucks has not agreed to meet. Starbucks should know better, it should do better, and it should use whatever power it has to fix these problems at HMSHost’s Starbucks stores immediately.

—Cleve Jones, Long-time labor and LGBTQ activist, mentored by Harvey Milk.

“Orlando is a community that takes great pride in its commitment to diversity and inclusion. I’ve heard these HMSHost Starbucks workers describe their experiences first-hand about a hostile work environment fueled by homophobia and transphobia, and the courageous HMSHost Starbucks workers at our airports, and those around the country, are taking a stand and saying enough is enough.”

—Christopher Cuevas, Executive Director of QLATINX

“We are appalled that based on data from March 2019, the median wage of Black baristas was $2.84 an hour less than the median wage paid to white baristas at the HMSHost Starbucks stores in Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. This should not be happening in our city or our country in 2020.”

  • Rev. Ann Lister & Rev. Ronnie Lister, Co-Founders, The International Center for Spiritual and Social Activism
  • Pastor Ken Campbell, Household of Faith Community Church
  • Pastor Marty Troyer, Houston Mennonite: The Church of the Sermon on the Mount
  • Rev. Charles Turner, New Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church
  • Workers Defense Action Fund
  • Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation

HMSHost Starbucks workers are on the move meeting with elected officials in our communities.