Employees at the Starbucks on Mt. Auburn Street voted to unionize. The store was the 50th in the coffee chain to join the Workers United.
The vote in the Watertown Starbucks was 10-1, according to a report in the Boston Globe which also said that Starbucks challenged two of the ballots at the Watertown store.
The Mt. Auburn store in Watertown, MA just became the 50th Starbucks store to unionize nationwide!!! — SBWorkersUnited (@SBWorkersUnited) May 3, 2022
Six Starbucks locations in the Greater Boston area have unionized, two in April and four in May. The other locations that have joined Workers United are at Commonwealth Avenue in Allston, Harvard Street in Brookline, in the Continuum building in Allston, the store in Cleveland Circle, and at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
The first location in the country to form a union was in Buffalo, N.Y. The Huffington Post reported that 237 Starbucks stores nationwide have petitioned to unionize, and as of Tuesday 50 have voted to join.
I make my own joe. Now if Andrea’s Pizza decides to unionize, we might have a real problem!
Is there any particular reason that Starbucks workers unionizing would have posed a problem if you got coffee there, or that it would pose a problem if the workers at Andrea’s did the same?
Good for them!
Bravo to the Watertown Starbucks workers! Their seeking of fair wages and respectful working conditions through the collective, democratic strength of a union is to be celebrated!
Proud of the baristas. Workers need security and bargaining rights.