Workers at an Alabama Starbucks vote to become the state’s first unionized coffee shop

Employees of an Alabama store voted to organize. This comes months after a Buffalo, New York, store became the first in the country to unionize.

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Staff at a Starbucks store in Birmingham, Alabama, they voted to become the first location in the state to organize. The cafeteria company has until the end of the month to file any objections with the National Labor Relations Board.

Various store employees They voted last Thursday, May 26. Documentation shows that they would be under the representation of Workers United in case the vote is valid.

Workers they had the endorsement of Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfinwho publicly endorsed his solidarity with them.

Among the complaints that he brought to the organization of the workers, the lack of respect on the part of the management stands out. Other employees allege that there are problems of racial discrimination.

“Many of us have complained, and managers just aren’t listening to us. Or they say they’re listening, but they’re not really listening,” said Alex Buford, an employee of one of the stores for more than three years.

This move comes months after a Starbucks in Buffalo, New York became the first establishment in the country to unionize. Since then, a wave of organizing campaigns has been unleashed in various parts of the country.

The Buffalo regional director of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) said that the petitions seek to reinstate and pay back arrears of employees in that area.

Workers at more than 250 US stores have filed petitions before the labor board to hold union elections. At least 50 stores agree to unionize with Workers United, which is part of the Service Employees International Union.

Starbucks operates more than 34,000 stores around the world. So far he has not responded if he will challenge the vote in Alabama.

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