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By Hilary Russ
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Starbucks (NASDAQ:) employees in a restaurant in Seattle, the espresso chain’s hometown, voted 9 to 0 in favor of becoming a member of a labor union, in response to a tally of ballots on Tuesday.
The outcomes mark the seventh Starbucks-owned cafe in america to hitch the union, following 5 in Buffalo, New York and one in Mesa, Arizona.
It’s the first location within the firm’s personal yard to hitch Employees United. Baristas at greater than 150 U.S. areas have petitioned a federal labor board for union elections since August, when the union drive went public.
The corporate runs about 9,000 U.S. areas, with 1000’s of others operated underneath licensing agreements.
The ballooning union drive comes throughout a nationwide labor crunch.
Some buyers have requested Starbucks to undertake a impartial stance towards the union, noting that the corporate spent years constructing a popularity as an employee-friendly office.
“For an organization that will depend on a robust model and buyer loyalty, the place folks have an choice to go some other place very simply, popularity is vital,” mentioned Jonas Kron, chief advocacy officer at Trillium Asset Administration.
Final week, Trillium and a bunch of different buyers with $3.4 trillion underneath administration requested Starbucks in a letter to cease sending anti-union communications to workers.
One unknown is what technique the corporate will take when former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz steps in for outgoing Chief Government Officer Kevin Johnson.
Schultz “has an extended historical past of not eager to see Starbucks unionized,” Kron mentioned. “However it’s price at the least giving him a chance to make a pivot or to do a reset.”
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