Jerri-Lynn here. Nice to see that the Starbucks unionization wave continues. At the moment, as regular readers are well aware, there’s precious little good news to report. That workers are organizing`is one of the few positive developments. May the Starbucks wave continue, and spread to other parts of the economy. Maybe to Amazon? And perhaps beyond.
By Andrea Germanos. Originally published at Common Dreams
The tally of unionized Starbucks locations is continuing to swell, with the latest additions coming after pro-unionization votes late last week in Seattle and Birmingham, Alabama.
The coffee giant’s CEO “Howard Schultz and Starbucks are getting creamed in union vote after union vote,” labor journalist Steven Greenhouse tweetedSaturday.
By the union’s count, there are now 100 stores across the nation that have unionized.
BREAKING: 100 Starbucks stores have voted to unionize across 25 states.
— More Perfect Union (@MorePerfectUS) May 27, 2022
The milestone was achieved after successful votes Friday at two stores in Seattle.
The Eastlake store employees won their effort to collectively bargain in a landslide 12-0 vote, while the Union Station store voted 6-3 in favor, local KOMO News reported.
505 Union Station, the store a mere 1.5 miles away from corporate in Seattle, wins their union vote count 6-3!!!!
— SBWorkersUnited (@SBWorkersUnited) May 27, 2022
A day earlier, the store on Birmingham’s 20th Street South became Alabama’s first Starbucks to back unionization after a 27-1 vote Thursday.
Kadarius Perkin, a shift supervisor at that store, declared after the vote, “Our voices will be heard,” according to AL.com.
“Starbucks has until later this week to file any objections with the National Labor Relations Board,” The Associated Press reported Sunday.
Workers at hundreds of Starbucks stores have filed to unionize since the first successful union drive in Buffalo, New York late last year.
According to Matt Bruenig, founder of People’s Policy Project, “a trickle of election filings” that started last year “has built to a wave—and Starbucks workers are winning in location after location.”
Bruenig analyzed data from the National Labor Relations Board, writing in an op-ed published last week at Jacobin that out of 89 union elections that had taken place at Starbucks, the union prevailed in 77 locations—87%—of them.
Those wins, he noted, came despite “a fierce campaign against the union, prompting a torrent of unfair labor practice (ULP) charges against the company.”