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Arizona Starbucks becomes 1st outside New York to unionize

Posted at 4:54 AM, Feb 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-26 10:18:05-05

MESA, AZ — Employees at a Starbucks in suburban Phoenix voted Friday to form a union, becoming the first store outside New York to organize.

Several workers from a Mesa Starbucks store cheered and hugged at a local union hall after the results came in.

Out of 28 ballots turned in, only three voted no.

A total of 43 were mailed out.

A Starbucks representative says the company will respect the process.

Pro-union leaders say workers deserve the right to collectively bargain on issues like benefits, seniority pay and pandemic safety protocols.

The Starbucks in Mesa will now be the first to unionize outside of two stores in Buffalo, New York.