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Starbucks Employees Are Now Petitioning to Unionize at 50 U.S. Stores

  • Union that prevailed in Buffalo seeks more votes in six states
  • New efforts provide test of labor effort’s staying power

Starbucks Corp. employees are now petitioning to unionize at around 50 stores across the U.S., rapidly expanding the reach of a campaign that last month established the sole unionized foothold among the chain’s thousands of corporate-run U.S. sites.

On Monday, the Workers United union said it’s filing 15 unionization petitions with the National Labor Relations Board, which follow dozens of others submitted in the weeks since the group’s landmark victory in a Buffalo, New York, election. Collective bargaining talks at that store began Monday, the union said.