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Starbucks Says Workers Lack Right to Unionize at Store Level

  • Restaurant operator says any labor vote should be regionwide
  • Company is responding to efforts to organize in Buffalo
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Starbucks Corp. workers shouldn’t have the right to vote for a union on a cafe-by-cafe basis, the coffee chain told the U.S. labor board amid efforts by workers in Buffalo, New York, to organize. 

“The facts and the law do not support holding individual and separate elections,” Starbucks attorney Alan Model said in his opening statement Thursday during a hearing held by the National Labor Relations Board, which oversees unionization in the U.S.