Starbucks workers across the country made headlines recently with a walkout dubbed the “Red Cup Rebellion.” The labor strike was timed with “red cup day,” the annual debut of the ubiquitous coffee chain’s popular holiday-themed cups. It’s the latest in a sequence of actions Starbucks employees have been taking in an effort to form unions in the stores and advocate for the rights of these retail workers.

Starbucks stores are most commonly thought of as the commercial infrastructure of big cities and suburban shopping centers, but they have a presence in rural America too. Graphic Journalist Nhatt Nichols takes a closer look at how the labor momentum seen across the Starbucks empire is making ripples in small towns and rural outposts too.


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