Starbucks workers at a coffee shop in Buffalo, New York, voted to unify on Thursday, becoming the first of the company’s owned stores to successfully organize, Buffalo News report.
The vote to unify was won by a score of 19-8, reports CNN Business, and came after a “massive” campaign by the company to convince workers that they should vote against union representation. Two other Starbucks stores in Buffalo also voted – one voted against the merger, and a third location’s votes are still being checked. Related press.
The organizing campaign has been closely watched across the country, writing Buffalo News, because it could create a new paradigm for workers at other locations and even other large chains, advocating higher pay and other improvements. The store that voted in favor of the merger will now move on to the certification process.
Tracking the vote and its results via Zoom, store workers and supporters of the union’s effort broke out into cheers and jumped when they learned they had succeeded. Watch the moment below and read more about the impact of the vote at CNN Business.
https://theweek.com/us/1007919/organizers-celebrate-starbucks-union Watch Buffalo workers excitedly celebrate becoming the nation’s first Starbucks to unite