Workers at World’s Largest Starbucks in Chicago Announce Union Drive - Common Dreams

Workers at the world’s largest Starbucks in Chicago filed for a union election on Friday, joining more than 8,500 of the coffee chain’s “partners” at over 330 locations across the United States who are fighting for the right to organize and contracts.

The Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Chicago takes up 35,000 square feet on the city’s Magnificent Mile. The other two North American roasteries, in Seattle and New York City, both won their union elections last year—though none of the hundreds of newly formed labor groups nationwide have secured a contract with the company yet.

The Seattle-based company, which has over 32,000 stores across 80 countries, has come under fire from its workers, labor rights advocates, federal lawmakers, and the National Labor Relations Board for how it has responded to union drives in the United States since the first successful vote to unionize at a Buffalo, New York location in December 2021.

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Locations: Chicago, IL Seattle, WA Buffalo, NY 

Organizations: Starbucks National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) 

Tags: Unions Labor 

Type: Headlines