Starbucks is not involved in DPI's labor discussions, Moser said. But he noted that Starbucks intends to replace DPI with an "alternative provider" soon because DPI lacks "the capacity and infrastructure to adequately support Starbucks' growth in the market."
Moser declined to elaborate on how Starbucks is growing or why DPI could not continue to meet its needs.
He said Starbucks and DPI had been in talks for the past year but that Starbucks recently decided that it will begin working with other providers during the next 12 months.
Cales said the union understands that Starbucks might be looking to replace DPI with another vendor. But he still hopes that Starbucks will help secure the jobs of workers who delivered goods to Starbucks stores for years.
"Local 710 Teamsters who have loyally served Starbucks will be calling on the company to do the right thing and work with the Teamsters, neighborhood, community and elected leaders to develop a plan that will protect these important workers in Starbucks' supply chain," Cales said.
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