Starbucks Workers In Cleveland Petition NLRB For Union Election

Starbucks workers in Cleveland could be the first in Ohio to unionize. reports:

“Workers at the Starbucks on West 6th Street in downtown Cleveland are the latest in the company to try and form a union.

Hourly workers at the Warehouse District store located at 1374 W. 6th Street petitioned the National Labor Relations Board Monday morning for a union representation election, according to a news release.

The Chicago and Midwest Regional Joint Board (CMRJB), the midwest arm of Workers United, said a majority of the workers at the store signed union authorization cards. One worker, Cara Rovella, said 17 of about 20 employees have signed union cards.

MC Floreani, a spokesperson for CMRJB, said it’s the first time a Starbucks in Ohio has asked for a union vote. Workers at the chain have filed for elections in Boston, Knoxville, Chicago, Seattle and several other cities.

The Starbucks Workers United movement started in Buffalo, New York, where three stores have had union votes. One store voted 19-8 in favor of a union, a second store rejected forming a union and a third election was contested.

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