More than 50 Starbucks stores are asking to unionize

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Starbucks employees and supporters react as votes are read during a union election watch party Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021 in Buffalo, NY Starbucks workers voted to unionize despite company objections, paving the way for a new working model for the 50 year old coffee giant. (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)

(The Hill) — Employees at more than 50 Starbucks locations demanded to unionize shortly after workers at a Buffalo, New York, store first voted last month.

Workers United, an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union that organizes the Starbucks push, said Monday that 15 additional sites had filed union elections with the National Labor Relations Board.

With the most recent announcement, 54 Starbucks locations in 19 states have applied to unionize, indicating that the organizing effort is spreading rapidly.

‘Our movement is only growing,’ says union tweeted monday. “Partners across the country are standing up for what’s right and we couldn’t be more inspired!”

Starbucks has urged its employees to push back against the unionization effort. The coffee chain said last month it did not want unions to come between the company and its workers, but pledged to ‘follow due process’ and ‘negotiate in good faith’ with the Buffalo store, which voted 19 to 8 to unionize.

“Our hope is that union representatives also come to the table with mutual good faith, respect and positive intent,” Rossann Williams, the company’s retail president for North America, wrote in a statement. letter to employees.

Earlier this month, a separate location in Buffalo became the second Starbucks store to unionize after a 15-9 vote. Another store is awaiting the results of the vote and a fourth store in Arizona will count the votes Feb. 16, according to Workers United.

The Hill has contacted Starbucks for comment.

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