Employees of two more Buffalo, New York-area Starbucks coffee shops are joining the unions, Starbucks Workers United said.
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This comes just after three other Starbucks locations in the Buffalo area filed petitions with the National Labor Relations Board last month to request a vote on union representation.
Buffalo area workers set up the committee last month to address chronic issues such as understaffing, unpredictable schedules and inadequate training, New York Times staff told reporters.
The committee issued a letter to Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson asking the company to “provide a level playing field that allows Starbucks partners to choose whether to unite without fear of reprisals.”
Starbucks has its employees as partners.
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In the letter, the committee further states that its desire to unite is not in response to specific corporate policies but rather a commitment to “make Starbucks, Buffalo, and the world a better place.”
“We believe this is the best way to make a meaningful contribution to our partnership with the company and to ensure that our voices are heard and that when we are heard, we have equal power to influence change and get things done. “, reads the letter.
A Starbucks spokesman told FOX Business that the company’s goal has always been the same, which is to “create the best jobs for every partner.”
“We do this by listening and working together in a way that brings meaningful support to solve any challenge,” the spokesman said.
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Starbucks has no unions in its more than 8,000 company-owned stores in the United States
Organizers and businesses in the Buffalo region say many more workers have signed union cards than the 30% needed to qualify for a vote. If successful, the efforts of the workers in the Buffalo area would only apply to these businesses.
The company says it offers a “full suite of benefits” for both full-time and part-time workers.
As part of his Advantages Package, Starbucks says it offers paid leisure, a “competitive 401 (k) retirement plan” and stock incentives, health coverage and parental leave. The company also covers college tuition for qualified employees through Arizona State University online study programs.
Representatives for Starbucks Workers United did not immediately respond to a request for comment from FOX Business.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.