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Starbucks Workers Vote to Unionize in Big Win for Labor

  • Workers’ campaign succeeds at one Buffalo-area coffee shop
  • Victory could spark labor movements at additional stores
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Starbucks Corp. employees voted to unionize one of the company’s New York restaurants, creating a unique labor foothold among thousands of corporate-run U.S. stores.

In ballots from elections at three Buffalo-area stores counted Thursday by the National Labor Relations Board, the first store’s vote was 19-8 in favor of unionization. The second store’s vote was 12-8 against forming a union, while voter-eligibility disputes left the third store in limbo.