NLRB Certifies 2nd Starbucks Union

We may collectively be looking past the current unionizing troubles befalling Starbucks, but franchisees who do, do so at their own peril! Last week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) certified union representation for the second Starbucks store in the Buffalo market. The union effort that ended on December 8 was originally reported to have…

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That Was Quick!

Newly unionized Starbucks workers in the company’s Elmwood New York store wasted n time in flexing their new union muscles, walking off the job this week and forcing the company to close that store for the day. The six scheduled employees who walked out then formed a picket line outside the store. The Elmwood store…

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Happening Fast on the Union Front

With a handful of QSR chains – Starbucks in Buffalo New York included – now being unionized, and against the backdrop of the very pro-union Biden administration, it behooves us to keep a watchful eye on unionizing issues in general.  Toward that end, the NLRB last week announced a settlement with Amazon in the wake…

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Starbucks Union Issue Spreading

Coming on the heels of employees in one Buffalo market Starbucks store formally voting to unionize, efforts to replicate that first successful unionizing effort in the company are spreading. Before the ink on the NLRB union ratification had even dried, employees at three other Buffalo area stores began similar organizing efforts and employees from two…

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Union Win, Loss & Dispute in Buffalo

One of the three Starbucks stores voting in an NLRB union representation election in the Buffalo market voted to accept representation by the Starbuck Worker United, while another rejected the union and a third was in dispute as of last night. According to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which tabulated the votes yesterday, employees…

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NLRB Flexes Union Muscle

Change can certainly happen quickly and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is a prime example. Under President Biden, who famously promised unions during the campaign that he’d be the best friend organized labor ever had in the Oval Office, there seems a significant push to broaden union organizing efforts and punish businesses that seek…

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Google Must Show Anti-Union Strategy

Elsewhere, social media giant Google was ordered by another NLRB Judge to turn over some 80 documents relating internal communications and strategies the company has employed to facilitate anti-unionizing sentiment within the company’s workforce. The NLRB filed the initial complaint against the tech giant a year ago after it had fired several employees for violating…

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Unionizing QSR Effort Spreading

For the past few months, we’ve kept an eye on the efforts of some Starbucks employees to unionize stores in the Buffalo New York market and we await the final results of that ongoing election – the voting closes on December 8 and NLRB begins the vote counting on December 9. At the same time…

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Starbucks Bringing in the Heavy Guns

Speaking a bit about unionizing and union issues, the battle between Starbucks and workers in some of its stores in Buffalo New York is heating up. As we told you last week, the NLRB rejected the company’s proposal that all 20 of its Buffalo stores be allowed to vote on unionizing and instead limited it…

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Starbucks Union Election Scheduled

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rejected a proposal by Starbucks to have a proposed union representation election cover all of its 20 stores in the Buffalo market and instead ordered a representation election for just three stores. The NLRB ruling provides that the election will be held via mail-in ballots between November 10 and…

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