Critical Starbucks Union Vote Count To Be Held Next Week

All eyes are on a historic vote count next week as workers at America’s largest coffee shop chain seek to unionize.

Yahoo News reports:

“The clock is ticking for Starbucks (SBUXworkers looking to unionize in upstate New York, with a critical vote looming in the effort to organize the coffee giant’s first U.S. labor union.

In the midst of a broad push nationwide for worker rights, Starbucks’ baristas sounded a confident tone that the wishes of employees will prevail.

‘We are still completely confident that come next Thursday, we will have the first unionized Starbucks out of almost 9,000 in the United States, which is very exciting,’ Michelle Eisen, a member of Starbucks Workers United’s (SWU) organizing committee, said in a press conference on Wednesday.

On November 10, the National Labor Relations Board mailed ballots to workers at three local stores — Elemwood Avenue in the Elmwood Village, Genesee Street in Cheektowaga, and Camp Road in Hamburg.

Votes will be tallied on a store-by-store basis on December 9, but due to voting by mail, but union organizers don’t have a sense of how many have submitted ballots.

Starbucks workers accuse the company for employing intimidation and union-busting tactics, including sending high-level executives to stores and trying to flood the stores pushing to organize with new employees. Meanwhile, the company has asked workers to vote against the effort.”

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