Richard Bensinger, left, who is advising unionization efforts, along with baristas Casey Moore, right, Brian Murray, second from left, and Jaz Brisack, second from right, discuss their efforts to unionize three Buffalo-area stores, inside the movemen (AP Newsroom)
While Starbucks has filed an appeal to delay the vote, it may proceed while the NLRB reviews the company's case. The NLRB rejected Starbucks’ request to hold one vote with 20 stores in the Buffalo region and ordered separate votes at the three stores. If successful, the stores would be the first of Starbucks’ 8,000 company-owned U.S. locations to unionize. A majority vote at any one of the stores would create a bargaining unit for that location.
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In a recent filing with the NLRB, Workers United accused the company of "engaging in a campaign of threats, intimidation, surveillance, solicitation of grievances and the closing of facilities."
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Starbucks, which recently announced that all U.S. workers would earn at least $15 an hour and up to $23 per hour by next summer, touts benefits including paid parental leave, a 401(k) program and free college tuition through Arizona State University. The company told FOX Business the allegations are "categorically false."
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On Saturday, Starbucks closed locations in the Buffalo area to allow employees to attend a voluntary, 45-minute meeting with Howard Schultz, the company’s largest individual shareholder and its former chief executive, at a local hotel.
"We’re not a perfect company," Schultz said. "Mistakes are made. We learn from them, and we try and fix them."
In an accompanying statement, Schultz said that "what the leadership team has done in Buffalo is what we have always done."
"We listen. We learn. We get better together," he said. "No partner has ever needed to have a representative seek to obtain things we all have as partners at Starbucks. And I am saddened and concerned to hear anyone thinks that is needed now."
Schultz emphasized in the statement that leaders "must learn from what is happening in Buffalo" and that he has already seen "changes, commitments and engagement happening."
"The leadership team and I will continue these forums around the country, creating more opportunities to learn from one another and improve," he added. "We must remember to earn success and trust each day, taking accountability and correcting when there are missteps."
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The vote comes as Amazon warehouse workers in New York have kicked off a new unionization effort after a failed attempt in Bessemar, Alabama, earlier this year.
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Meanwhile, thousands of union workers with John Deere and Kellogg remain on strike for better pay and benefits.
Fox Business' Ken Martin and the Associated Press contributed to this report
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