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Starbucks Union Vote Sets Up a Watershed Moment for U.S. Labor

  • Efforts at top non-union firms have failed in recent years
  • Workers at three Starbucks stores to vote starting this week
Inside A Starbucks Corp. Location Ahead Of Earnings Figures

Photographer: Victor J. Blue /Bloomberg

U.S. workers have authorized strikes in a wide swath of industries and quit jobs in record numbers but could soon pull off an even more audacious coup: Winning a unionization vote at one of the country’s signature non-union firms, Starbucks.

On Wednesday, the National Labor Relations Board will mail ballots to employees at three Starbucks Corp. coffee shops in and around Buffalo, New York, who will vote over the next four weeks on whether to establish the first-ever unionized locations among the chain’s thousands of corporate-run U.S. stores.