A day before the ballots were scheduled to be released to workers at three Buffalo-area Starbucks in the vote on unionization, workers at three other stores in the area petitioned federal regulators to call for elections as well on Tuesday.
The upcoming vote is important because none of the nearly 9,000 corporate-owned Starbucks stores in the United States are unionized.
On Monday, Starbucks filed a motion to stop the mailing of ballots during appeal a decision Formation of separate votes by a regional official of the National Labor Relations Board at the three locations where workers initially applied for election. The company wants all of its approximately 20 Buffalo-area stores to vote in a single election, an approach often in favor of employers.
Top three stores applied for union elections end of august, and Starbucks shipped Executives and higher-level company officials from outside the region said there was an effort to fix operational issues in the weeks that followed.
The union filed a lawsuit, complaining that officials outside the city were unlawfully intimidating and spying on workers. unfair labor practice the accusation that made this accusation last week. The union also alleges that Starbucks transferred or hired a number of additional employees at two of its three stores to curb union support.
The alleged bundling of a workplace prior to a union election is illegal if bringing in new workers does not serve a legitimate business purpose and the employer has reason to believe that new workers will oppose a union. Starbucks said it needed additional workers to deal with the staffing shortage.
Starbucks workers who support unionization want to join Workers United, an affiliate of the International Service Workers Union. The union says there are between 31 and 41 eligible employees at each of the three locations submitting the new petitions. Each of them wants elections on 30 November.
Starbucks argued that individual stores should not make separate selections because their employees can work in multiple locations and stores are largely managed as a group rather than at the store level.
“We believe that all of our partners in this Buffalo market deserve a vote,” company spokesperson Reggie Borges said on Tuesday. “Today’s announcement that partners at three additional Buffalo stores have applied to vote underscores our position that partners in the marketplace must have a say in this important decision.”