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Employees at one of three recently unionized Starbucks in Ithaca, NY, say they find it more than coincidental that the company has decided to close their store just two months later.

Though the coffee giant denies the College Avenue store closure has anything to do with the location’s union formation, the employees — “partners,” as they’re called within the company — are convinced that they’re being punished for their campaign for fair treatment in the workplace. 

Nadia Vitek, a College Avenue barista and partner contact for Starbucks Workers United at that location, told The Post: “There is no way [the store closing] isn’t retaliation.

“Their goal here is to intimidate partners across the country by sending a message that this is the consequence for unionizing.”

The union was told on June 3 that the store, located just off the Cornell University campus, would be shutting down for good on June 10.

Starbucks union organizers demanded safer conditions for its partners, who worked next to an overflowing grease trap, said one rep.
Starbucks union organizers demanded safer conditions for its partners, who worked next to an overflowing grease trap, said one rep.
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A spokesman for Starbucks told The Post: “The store has experienced facilities issues, in addition to time and attendance and staffing issues that made it difficult to operate successfully.”

But employees are pushing back on that reasoning.

“The ‘facility issue’ he’s referring to was an above-ground grease trap that overflowed in April,” Evan Sunshine, a barista at the College Avenue Starbucks, told The Post. He alleged that the decades-old trap pre-dated Starbucks moving into the space and said the location’s partners had asked Starbucks executives to clean up the potentially toxic mess. “They didn’t actually hire a technician to clean it until we went on a day-long strike.” 

Nadia Vitek, a barista and union organizer at the College Avenue Starbucks, said closing the store sent "a message that this is the consequence for unionizing."
Nadia Vitek, a barista and union organizer at the College Avenue Starbucks, said closing the store sent “a message that this is the consequence for unionizing.”
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Sunshine, one of the union organizers, called for the walkout. “Starbucks Workers United is pretty decentralized, so each store has their own jurisdiction over things like this,” he said.

As for the time, attendance and staffing problems, Sunshine noted that, after the partners won their vote to unionize in April, Starbucks moved the store’s closing time from 10 p.m. to 7 p.m. and then 2 p.m.

“They changed the hours, making it so that about half of the employees, who are students at Cornell, aren’t able to work a full shift,” he said. “They created the issue that they’re citing as a reason the store should close.”

“[The change in hours] certainly seems retaliatory considering it happened after our strike,” Sunshine said.

“In many cases, staffing issues can be the cause [of shortened hours],” the Starbucks spokesman said. “We don’t want partners burning out.”

Starbucks, headed by interim CEO Howard Shultz, "created the issue" that led to the College Avenue store being shuttered, said union organizer Evan Sunshine.
Starbucks, headed by interim CEO Howard Shultz, “created the issue” that led to the College Avenue store being shuttered, said union organizer Evan Sunshine.
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The spokesman added that the union for the College Avenue store was warned of the closure prior to the July 3 meeting, as “is required by law.”

As the partner contact for the College Avenue Starbucks Workers United, Vitek was a part of that meeting, which took place on Microsoft Teams and included lawyers, Starbucks executives and union representatives.

“Us being informed of the closure ahead of the Friday meeting is a lie,” Vitek said. The meeting was scheduled for 4 p.m. that day. Vitek said that, at 4:02, a third-party attorney representing Starbucks sent an email breaking the news about the College Avenue store. Eight minutes after that, Starbucks executives and lawyers belatedly joined the meeting.

The coffee chain's Schultz says companies like his are "being assaulted...by threat of unionizing."
The coffee chain’s Schultz says companies like his are “being assaulted…by threat of unionizing.”
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That email, Vitek said, can’t be considered fair warning to the union “because the email was sent after the meeting was supposed to start.”

Former and interim CEO Howard Schultz admittedly isn’t a fan of unions. He told NPR in April that “companies throughout the country [are] being assaulted, in many ways, by the threat of unionization.”

On June 7, the same group of union representatives, lawyers from the earlier meeting and Starbucks’ team of a partner resources delegate and a regional director joined a two-hour video call to bargain.

According to the Starbucks representative, the coffee chain “is in negotiation per NLRB rules” for relocating the College Avenue partners to other locations in Ithaca, which are also unionized.

“[The union] really expecting to accomplish anything on this call,” Vitek said. “But we did learn that if we don’t come to an agreement by [June 10], exactly one week after they told us about the closure, our jobs are in limbo and we may not be transferred to another store.”

And Vitek is not worried about the city’s other unionized locations shutting down: “I don’t think Starbucks would dare do that. I think they were just trying to make an example out of us.”


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Kourtney Kardashian uses Kopari Coconut Melt to ‘look good naked’

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Kourtney Kardashian’s no stranger to showing skin.

Whether the reality star’s modeling lingerie, baring it all in a bikini or packing on PDA with husband Travis Barker, she’s clearly confident about her body — and relies on a selection of tried-and-true products to keep her skin in tip-top shape.

In one of her first-ever Poosh stories, fittingly titled “How to Look Good Naked,” the 43-year-old outlines some of her body care essentials, including La Mer The Body Crème ($300), Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Aging Body Cream ($95) and Le Labo’s Pin 12 Candle ($82) — the latter because “lighting is everything.”

But not everything on Kardashian’s list will bust your budget. She also swears by Kopari Organic Coconut Melt, which will set you back just $29 for a full-sized jar or $18 for a mini version.

“In order to achieve glowy skin, it’s important to moisturize everything — everywhere — at least once a day,” the Poosh piece reads. “Don’t forget to care for your hands and feet as well; we recommend focusing on these areas at night.”

Billed as “a deep conditioner for your bod,” the product is comprised of 100% organic, unrefined coconut oil, and Kopari suggests applying it “as soon as you step out of the shower and at the end of the day.”

What’s more, the multitasking product also works well as a hair mask, dry shave oil, bath mix-in and belly balm, per the brand.

Snag a tub for yourself below — and get ready to look fabulous in your birthday suit, too.

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Carlos Carrasco’s gem, three homers propel Mets past Marlins

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MIAMI — He’s one tough Cookie these days.

Carlos Carrasco isn’t going to win any contests blowing away hitters, but the right-hander’s offspeed pitches and command — and most importantly, his health — have converged this season to give the Mets an invaluable rotation piece.

On Saturday, he gave his team 7 ²/₃ shutout innings in a 4-0 victory over the Marlins at loanDepot park. Carrasco extended his scoreless streak over his past three starts to 18 ²/₃ innings.

The win was No. 100 in Carrasco’s career, making the 35-year-old the eighth Venezuelan-born pitcher to reach the milestone. Carrasco last surrendered a run on July 9 against the Marlins at Citi Field.

The Mets (63-37) won their fifth straight and reached the 100-game mark with the franchise’s most victories since 1986.

Overall, Carrasco allowed four hits and struck out seven with two walks. Seth Lugo replaced Carrasco in the eighth inning after Charles Leblanc had doubled with two outs. But Leblanc was picked off second base by Tomas Nido, ensuring Carrasco’s scoreless streak continued.

Carlos Carrasco didn't allow a run in the Mets' 4-0 win over the Marlins.
Carlos Carrasco didn’t allow a run in the Mets’ 4-0 win over the Marlins.
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Lugo remained in the game to pitch a scoreless ninth inning, allowing Edwin Diaz a day off following a 10-pitch outing Friday in which he struck out the side.

The Mets will try for a three-game sweep of the reeling Marlins on Sunday with Taijuan Walker on the mound.

After scuffling at the plate for seven innings, the Mets gave Carrasco breathing room in the eighth when Francisco Lindor and J.D. Davis each blasted a solo homer to give the Mets a 4-0 lead. Davis’ homer, in a pinch-hitting appearance, came as the Mets are searching on the trade market for a right-handed bat to solidify the DH spot.

The Mets have traded for two lefty bats in the last week-plus to bolster the other half of the DH equation. One of those additions, Tyler Naquin, debuted for the Mets on Saturday in left field and went 0-for-4. Daniel Vogelbach started at DH and drew a walk in four plate appearances.

Carrasco’s gem was the latest strong performance by a Mets starting pitcher. Entering play, the Mets had a 2.45 ERA from the starting rotation in July, which ranked second in the major leagues. Chris Bassitt had a rare flat start for the Mets a night earlier, when he allowed four earned runs over six innings.

Jeff McNeil hit a solo homer in the third against rookie Nick Neidert to give the Mets their first run. The homer was the first since June 14 for McNeil, who entered the day with a .162/.240/.191 slash line in July.

The Mets weren’t finished in the inning: Nido, Brandon Nimmo and Lindor all singled. Lindor’s hit extended the Mets’ lead to 2-0 and gave the shortstop 68 RBIs for the season before he reached 69 with his blast later.

Carrasco was challenged in the first inning, when he allowed a single to Miguel Rojas and walk to Jesus Aguilar before retiring JJ Bleday for the final out. In the fourth, Carrasco surrendered a leadoff single, but he escaped the inning when he got Bleday to ground into a double-play.


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A brazen career criminal with more than 50 arrests on his rap sheet, including rape, was busted for trying to steal a moped from outside a lower Manhattan police station.

Jon Matos was caught red-handed approaching the $1,200 bike outside the 5th Precinct, sources said.

He was allegedly using a set of burglary tools Friday to try to bust the lock of the bike, which was vouchered property, cops and sources said.

Matos, a homeless father of three, was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges of attempted grand larceny and possession of burglary tools.

The proceeding was delayed for hours, sources said, after Matos allegedly became angry with a cellmate who used the facilities — but didn’t courtesy flush.

“I was just f–king with it. It’s not my tools,” he allegedly told an NYPD detective, said Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Megan Mers during the court proceeding.

Judge Valentina Morales Saturday agreed to give Matos supervised release in the moped case.

“Thank you, your honor,” Matos told Morales.

But instead of hitting the streets once again, Matos was held on outstanding charges from the 23rd Precinct in an unrelated case, authorities said.

It was his second appearance before a judge in a week: Matos was in court days earlier, charged with grand larceny, petit larceny, and criminal possession of stolen property and was released in yet another incident.

Matos has racked up dozens of busts for burglary, robbery, fare evasion — including the 1999 rape of a 14-year-old girl.

Crime is up in six of the seven major crimes measured by the department contributed to the increase — though the seventh category, murders, dropped a noticeable 31.6% last month in comparison to numbers compiled in June 2021, according to the NYPD’s preliminary statistics.

Grand larceny spiked 41%, robbery rose 36.1% and burglary went up 33.8%.

When addressing the crime spike last month, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the department was arresting the same people for crimes “over and over again.”

Other recent and brazen repeat offenders include veteran shoplifter Isaac “Man of Steal” Rodriguez, who was finally locked up in January after dozens of arrests for stealing to support his drug habit.

Laron Mack, whose catchphrase is “I steal for a living,” has been arrested more than 50 times. Another serial stealer, James Connelly, was busted in December for involvement in 28 separate incidents over three months.

Last month, accused serial shoplifter Lorenzo McLucas, 34, was nabbed for stealing from the cosmetics counter at a Duane Reade on Lexington Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, according to cops and court documents.

McLucas, who was released on his own recognizance, has notched 122 prior arrests.


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