Starbucks employees want ‘more of a say’ in the workplace: Shift supervisor
Starbucks Genese St. shift supervisor Caroline Lerczak on forming the first Starbucks union in the U.S.
Starbucks says it will come to the negotiating table with union employees at its Elmwood Village location in Buffalo "in good faith" following their historic election victory earlier this month.
"From the beginning, we’ve been clear in our belief that we do not want a union between us as partners, and that conviction has not changed," Starbucks North America President Rossann Williams said in a letter Monday. "However, we have also said that we respect the legal process. This means we will bargain in good faith with the union that represents partners in the one Buffalo store that voted in favor of union representation. Our hope is that union representatives also come to the table with mutual good faith, respect and positive intent."
STARBUCKS WORKERS AT TWO BOSTON LOCATIONS FILE FOR UNION ELECTIONS
Employees at the coffee shop voted 19-8 in favor of joining Workers United, a union affiliated with the Service Employees International Union. In addition to union representation, workers are seeking more input on pay and store operations.