Starbucks Workers Have Now Unionized 100 Stores

The number of Starbucks locations in unionized status is increasing. The latest additions were made after votes for pro-unionization 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 tweeted Saturday.

By the union’s count, there are now 100 stores across the nation that have unionized.

After successful votes Friday at two stores, Seattle, the milestone was achieved.

Eastlake store employees won their collective bargaining effort in a huge 12-0 vote. Union Station store voted 6-3 for local. KOMO News reported.

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

“Starbucks has until later this week to file any objections with the National Labor Relations Board,” The Associated Press reported Sunday.

Since the first Starbucks store opened, hundreds of workers have filed for unionization. successfulLate last year, a union drive took place in Buffalo, New York.

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 provided by the National Labor Relations Board. He wrote an op ed publishedLast 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.”

John Logan, professor and director of labor-employment studies at San Francisco State University is also available. pointedThis campaign was highlighted in an op-ed published at Jacobin in which he described Starbucks as worthy of the title “worst worker rights violator.”

Contributing to the “union-busting lawlessness,” wrote Logan, is the company’s firing of over 20 union activists and announcement of a benefit increase to stores that have not unionized.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), previously boosted Starbucks workers’ unionization efforts and told Schultz as he resumed his position as CEO this year, “If Starbucks can afford to spend $20 billion on stock buybacks and dividends and provide a $20 million compensation package to its CEO, it can afford a unionized workforce that can collectively bargain for better wages, better benefits, safer working conditions and reliable schedule.”

“Please respect the Constitution of the United States and do not illegally hamper the efforts of your employees to unionize,” Sanders wrote in a March letter to the billionaire executive.

Sanders reiterated this message again in a tweetFriday

“Congratulations to Starbucks Workers United for winning the 100th union election at Starbucks coffee shops all over America,” he wrote.

“I say to Howard Schultz: Stop the union-busting,” he continued. “Obey the law. Negotiate a fair contract with your workers now — no more delays. Enough is enough.”