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‘More’ Starbucks Workers Are Filing To Unionize - Employees At Five Locations In Five Different States Having Filed For A Union Election Over The Past Several Days

Published Saturday, January 15, 2022
by Truthout
‘More’ Starbucks Workers Are Filing To Unionize - Employees At Five Locations In Five Different States Having Filed For A Union Election Over The Past Several Days

Starbucks Workers in Eugene, Oregon have filed to Unionize.

Locations in Chicago and Cleveland soon followed with their filings.

Then, Workers in Hopewell, New Jersey filed their petitions.

And they were followed by Workers at the North Monroe Street location in Tallahassee, Florida who also filed for a union.

The Tallahassee Workers’ filing brings the total number of stores that have filed to Unionize over the past months to roughly 18, with seven of those filings in just the past two weeks.

The filings come amid a wave of Unionizing activity among Workers at the coffee company’s corporate-owned locations.

Stores in 11 states have filed for Unions.

This is a remarkable pace as Labor Notes reporter Jonah Furman notes, in the most active organizing sector in the U.S. last year, the cannabis industry, 13 workplaces filed for a vote over the entire year.

And last week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) certified election results for the Genesee Street location in Buffalo, New York, with employees voting 15-to-9 in favor of the Union.

Along with the Elmwood location, also in Buffalo, two locations have voted to form a Union so far.

The Union is disputing its loss at a third store, on Camp Road in nearby Hamburg.

Workers in Tallahassee and New Jersey expressed solidarity with other Unionizing locations in letters to Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson and sharply criticized the company for its Union Busting efforts.

“We are aware of your partnership with the notorious Union-Busting Law Firm Littler Mendelson.  We are not intimidated by such blatant tactics: we are emboldened to join our fellow Partners across the United States as we stand for what is right,” Tallahassee workers wrote. “We are outraged that partners you claim to care so deeply about are being mistreated, gaslighted and harassed in their own stores due to your Union Busting efforts.”

Hopewell workers expressed a similar sentiment. “We are angered and disappointed by the blatant Anti-Union behavior you and other management have shown in stores who are simply trying to become equal Partners in this company through unionization,” the Workers said.

Like many Unionizing Starbucks employees before them, the Hopewell Workers have urged the company to sign onto a list of “Fair Election Principles” crafted by the Union, Starbucks Workers United.

The company has thus far shown no interest in following such principles, which ask Starbucks to not interfere with the Unionization process.

Indeed, the company appears to be focusing on Union Busting efforts in Mesa, Arizona where a Union Election is slated to start this week.

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