Employees at a Starbucks store in upstate New York have made company history, voting to unionize following months of negotiation and efforts to undermine the union by company officials. The results of the election, which occurred by mail ballots that were due on Wednesday, were announced by the National Labor Relations Board on Thursday and first reported by the New York Times.
The unionized workers elected to join Workers United, an arm of the Service Employees International Union. Employees at a second Starbucks in the Buffalo area voted against unionizing on Wednesday, while the outcome of an election at a third store is still being determined, according to the Times. Three additional Starbucks stores in the region filed for union elections in November, although it’s not clear when those votes will take place.
In a letter to employees following the vote, Rossann Williams, president of Starbucks retail for North America, wrote, “We continue on as we did today, yesterday and the day before that,” according to the Times. “The vote outcomes will not change our shared purpose or how we will show up for each other.”
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