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12/14/2021

Report: More Starbucks workers file for union elections

Marianne Wilson
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Two additional Starbucks cafes have filed for union elections.

Starbucks baristas at two additional locations are looking to unionize.

The baristas at two Starbucks locations in Boston have filed for union elections, reported CNBC. This comes after workers at a Starbucks outpost in Buffalo voted to unionize — a first for the coffee giant, which operates nearly 9,000 U.S. stores. Starbucks workers who voted to unionize will join Workers United, affiliated with the massive Service Employees International Union.

An additional Buffalo cafe is waiting to hear the results of its union election due to challenged ballots. A third site voted against unionizing. Three more Buffalo-area locations have filed for elections, along with a location in Mesa, Arizona, reported CNBC.

“We see unions as the best way to make Starbucks a place to have a sustainable career and a true partnership,” the organizing committees for the Commonwealth Avenue and Harvard Street cafes in Boston wrote in a letter to Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson, as reported by CNBC.