(SEATTLE) - Teamsters from Local 117 in Tukwila, Wash. conducted a hand billing action at Starbucks corporate headquarters in Seattle on Wednesday, demanding that the company hold its food supplier Taylor Farms accountable for human rights violations at its Tracy, Calif. plant.

Passing out leaflets that read "Starbucks: Silence Equals Abuse", members of the Teamsters along with Pride at Work and the Martin Luther King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO called out Starbucks for its hypocrisy and its support of a food supplier with a terrible safety and health record.

"Starbucks has long maintained that it is a corporation committed to equality," said John Scearcy, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 117. "If that is the case, why do they purchase food from a company that allows LGBT workers to be physically assaulted and harassed at work? Money is the most powerful thing in business and if Starbucks has any integrity, they would invest in food suppliers that have basic standards for human decency."
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