Starbucks Manager Cries About Baristas Protesting Outside Her Store

A video of a woman complaining about Starbucks baristas holding a protest outside the store over unionization has gone viral.

The video was posted on Twitter by the labor-focused media outlet More Perfect Union and has over 100,000 views.

The caption of the video alleges the woman is a senior Starbucks manager and made her speech complaining during an anti-union call for managers.

"Exclusive: A senior Starbucks manager went on a tearful diatribe against baristas for holding a protest against union-busting outside their store," the caption read.

"The rant took place on an internal anti-union call for Starbucks store managers. We've obtained full video of the meeting."

The woman detailed a staged walkout by baristas where they protested outside their Starbucks store on Colfax Avenue and Milwaukee Street in Denver. Throughout her speech the woman appeared to be holding back tears.

She also went on to complain about the alleged behavior of the protesters. She said that some protesters had yelled and booed customers, and said that one customer was told to kill themselves by a protester.

"On January 27th my district received its first petition to be represented by Workers United," the woman in the video said.

"For the last two and a half months my SM Ariel and I have experienced some shocking and inconsistent behavior from the union organizers and its supporters."

She continued: "Three organizers, all shift supervisors approached Ariel and I to tell us, 'we, the partners of Colfax and Milwaukee are walking out in protests of the recent unfair corrective actions we've been given.'

"For the next six hours, Ariel, four other partners and I ran the store. During this time time, we endured the protesters consistently yelling both at us and our customers. We watched everything we know about Starbucks and our culture erode hour by hour."

However, the Twitter page, More Perfect Union, tweeted a video that contradicted the woman's claims. The video was from a CBS 4 News report that covered the protest outside the Starbucks.

"Starbucks workers strongly disputed the manager's characterization of the picket at the Colfex Avenue store in Denver," the caption said.

"They said the protest, covered widely by the press, was peaceful. The building owner refused the manager's plea to press charges."

Michael Abeyta of CBS4 spoke to the protesters who claimed that the company was making it difficult for them to unionize.

"It has been really fun to have everyone come together and it has been really empowering but it has also been really scary," barista Lillian Sanders told the local news outlet.

"We have had a lot of intimidation and a lot of efforts to stop us but we are here."

At the beginning of the month, interim Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz was criticized for his comments on unionization.

He said that across the U.S., companies were being "assaulted in many ways by the threat of unionization," More Perfection Union, reported.

"We are listening and learning from the partners in these stores as we always do across the country," a Starbucks spokesperson previously said in a statement to Newsweek.

"From the beginning, we've been clear in our belief that we are better together as partners, without a union between us, and that conviction has not changed."

Newsweek has reached out to Starbucks for comment.

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A Starbucks coffee cup is seen outside a Starbucks Coffee shop in Washington, DC, April 17, 2018. A woman complained of Starbucks Union protests outside a store and argued protestors yelled at customers. Saul Loeb/Getty Images