Starbucks workers at a flagship roastery in the company’s hometown of Seattle voted to form a union with Starbucks Workers United on Thursday, joining 25 other Starbucks stores that are currently unionized.
The roastery, which the union says is only 2.5 miles as the crow flies from the company’s corporate headquarters in downtown Seattle, is one of three flagship locations in the country. Workers voted 38-27 in favor of the union. The Seattle location is now the second roastery to join the union. New York City workers voted to form a union. earlier this month.
“This vote signals something That was something the Roastery organizers have known for a long time. That the bonds we share between workers are our greatest strength,” Seattle roastery employee Brennen Collins said in a statement. “We can resist and thrive, even among a storm of disinformation and fear-mongering perpetrated against our best interests.”
Starbucks roasteries offer specialty beverages, food, merchandise, and roasting to customers. ship coffee to regular stores. The company describes the roasteries as being like “If Willy Wonka had built the ultimate coffee shop,” and the locations are especially importantHoward Schultz is the CEO.
“This Roastery is the fulfillment of a decades-long dream,” Schultz said when the Seattle roastery opened in 2014. “Everything we’ve ever done has led us to this point. This is the moment of the next generation of Starbucks.”
The union has Petition filedMore than 5,000 people have been covered in more than 200 stores. Every day, more unionized stores are being added.
The location is the second Starbucks store in the company’s hometown to unionize; last month, workers at The Broadway and Denny locationsUnanimously voted to form a union. The location is just 10 minutes away by car from Starbucks’s corporate headquarters, and workers say they often see corporate employees come in and offer their support for the union drive.
Although workers have offered their support for the union, management has not been friendly to the worker-organizers and the union.
“Union-busting has become synonymous with Starbucks,” the union wrote in a statement. “Partners from stores that petition to join Workers United are prepared for the deluge of union-busting tactics that the company employs, including holding captive audience meetings, threatening loss of benefits, and spreading of misleading information to sow fear and confusion. The Seattle Roastery was no different.”
The union claimed that nearly 80 charges have been filed against Starbucks so far. They allege that the company has illegally interfered the union drive, and that it has retaliated on pro-union workers. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Has been foundThe company should has indeed violatedFederal labor laws have been applied to multiple of these charges.
Thought Workers protested against Starbucks’s union-busting tactics, Schultz is still dissatisfied with the results of the company’s anti-union campaign. A leaked video of Schultz and management from last week, as obtained by More Perfect Union, Schultz said that the pro-union workers are “some outside force” that is “trying desperately to disrupt our company.”
“It’s an American right of workers not to unionize and to [instead] embrace the values and the culture of his or her company,” Schultz said in the hour-long conference. He said that it’s time for managers to step up their anti-union practices to make workers “understand what it would really mean to vote for a union.”
The company recently filedIt filed its first unfair labor practice lawsuit against the union. The union accused pro-union workers of being extremely aggressive and claimed that they threatened to bully workers into supporting the union. Workers deny that these allegations are true; worker-organizer Brian Murray wrote that the allegations are a “gross misrepresentation at best” of what he’s seen from pro-union workers, and that the company is only “doubling down on lies and threats” as more stores win their unions.