Starbucks reportedly now has one U.S. corporate store which is unionized.
According to CNBC, workers at one company-owned Starbucks location in Buffalo have voted in favor of unionization, 19-8. The employees voted to organize under the Workers United New York, a branch of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
In addition, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) confirmed employees at a second store in Buffalo voted against unionization, and is currently tallying votes from workers at a third Starbucks store in Buffalo that also voted on unionization. The votes come after a months-long dispute between employees seeking a unionization vote and Starbucks management which began in August 2021, when Starbucks employees from the three Buffalo locations first petitioned the NLRB for a vote on whether to unionize. Starbucks sought to persuade the labor board to require that workers at all 20 Buffalo-area stores take part in the election instead of allowing stores to vote individually.Chain Storeage