Starbucks workers to vote in first unionization vote

Written by Nathalie Thomas, CNN The moment of truth is upon union workers at two Starbucks locations in Buffalo, New York. The workers are set to vote in a key unionization vote on Thursday….

Starbucks workers to vote in first unionization vote

Written by Nathalie Thomas, CNN

The moment of truth is upon union workers at two Starbucks locations in Buffalo, New York.

The workers are set to vote in a key unionization vote on Thursday. The organization workers have said is behind the effort to form unions for Starbucks workers, the Buffalo News reported. The vote is a first for Starbucks in the state, according to the Buffalo News.

If union workers do vote to unionize, the store will be the second in New York to be part of the effort. The first union-held vote for Starbucks employees in the state was held in February in Troy, Erie County.

Company officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

CK Consulting, the union consulting firm for Starbucks workers in New York, told CNN that the matter will be settled on Thursday afternoon when workers vote by proxy, with those voting standing behind a desk at each of the location’s doors.

If union workers do vote to unionize, the first Starbucks location to be affected will be located in Cheektowaga, New York, which means workers at the two previously held voting will also vote.

A worker at the Cheektowaga location told CNN that union workers already called a meeting of the group of workers affected by the vote to discuss the details. The worker also pointed to a pro-union YouTube video produced by Strikers Action, a union activist organization that lists Buffalo as one of its locations.

Owned by the same company as Starbucks, Cafe Brands International (CBL), Cheektowaga is a Quaker Oats Company location. The Cafe Group is part of CBL. Starbucks is not part of CBL.

The union-run effort has sparked fear among Starbucks executives, customers and even employees.

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