Employees at four Starbucks stores in New York City have petitioned to unionize through the National Labor Relations Board. This development follows months of efforts to unionize at three Buffalo Starbucks locations, two of which have already successfully established unions. The NYC Starbucks employees have requested to hold a vote on March 3.
In letters to Starbucks president and CEO Kevin Johnson, workers from the four stores expressed concerns about deteriorating work conditions during the pandemic and unfair salaries. The employees have received support from more than 70 New York elected officials, including City Council members and U.S. representatives, according to the New York Times. A signed letter read: “New York City is a union town and union-busting has no place here. We believe that these organizing efforts will ultimately lead to a stronger and more sustainable future for Starbucks, the workers, and our city and state.”
Although Starbucks has claimed not to be anti-union, just last week the company fired seven Memphis employees who tried for form a union claiming they had violated company policies. A few years earlier, two Philadelphia workers trying to unionize were also fired.