Feb 11, 2022 - News

Employees at 2 Minnesota Starbucks locations seek to unionize

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Workers at two Starbucks locations in the Twin Cities are seeking to unionize, making them the first in Minnesota to join the nationwide Starbucks Workers United movement.

Why it matters: While over 70 other branches nationwide have filed for elections, only two of roughly 9,000 company-owned stores have been successful.

Of note: Some employees at Starbucks locations that are owned and operated by other companies through licensing agreements have unionized.

State of play: Two Twin Cities locations — Minneapolis' 4712 Cedar Ave. and St. Paul's 300 Snelling Ave. — had an "overwhelming majority" of hourly workers sign union authorization cards to qualify for an official vote, according to Workers United.

What they're saying: "We work in the midst of an ongoing global health crisis and see little to no support … and repeated apathy towards employees," staff at the Snelling Ave. location wrote in a letter to Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson.

  • Starbucks didn't immediately respond to Axios' request for comment.

What to watch: Should the locations collect enough union authorization cards, the National Labor Relations Board could hold an election for workers to vote on the issue.

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