Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrated Friday’s unionization vote at a Flagship Starbucks store in New York City.
Employees of the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Manhattan’s Chelsea Market voted 46-36 to unionize with Starbucks Workers United, joining a growing movement among the chain’s workers to organize.
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“ANOTHER huge Victory today – Starbucks workers at the Massive NYC Roastery / [Starbucks Workers United] just won a momentous union election, “Ocasio-Cortez said on social media.
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“The Starbucks Reserve Roastery in NYC’s Chelsea market voted 46-36 to unionize Tonight, making history as the first flagship store to unionize with Starbucks Workers United and the tenth unionized Starbucks in the US,” Starbucks Workers United wrote in a press release Friday.
The coffee Giant has seen an increasingly vocal movement within its labor force to organize for higher wages and better bargaining power. The Chelsea Market location is the highest-profile branch location of the chain to unionize.
“The NYC store is one of only three roastery locations in the country,” the SBWU statement added. “In close Collaboration with Starbucks partners (employees), the Workers United NY / NJ Regional Joint Board will now represent nearly 100 partners who work at the store.”
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It was the second major unionization vote in New York City on Friday.
Union supporters at an Amazon facility in Staten Island secured a wide enough margin to give the Amazon Labor Union, which had been spearheading the union effort, enough support to pull off a win.
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