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29 Okt 2021

Alex Woodward, The Independent

USA: Labour Board rules Starbucks workers are permitted to vote on union, despite company opposition

"Starbucks workers at three New York locations will vote to organise first union in company history", 29 October 2021

Workers at three Starbucks locations in New York have scored a victory in their campaign for union membership.

The stores in the Buffalo, New York area will hold separate vote-by-mail elections from 10 November and ending on 8 December to vote on whether to unionise, according to a decision from the National Labor Relations Board on 28 October.

Workers will need only a majority of votes cast at a single location to form a union; Starbucks argued that employees at all 20 Buffalo-area stores would need to vote in a single election.

There are roughly 128 employees at the three participating stores, according to a filing from the board.

If successful, the stores will be the first among Starbucks’ 8,000 company-owned stores to unionise...

Starbucks...said in a statement that the company’s success “has come from our working directly together as partners, without a third party between us.”

“We remain focused on supporting our partners as well as maintaining open, transparent and direct conversations throughout the process,” the statement said...