Two locations of Good Karma Café in Philadelphia have collected enough employee signatures to trigger a vote with the National Labor Relations Board to decertify the stores’ unionization with Workers United on Sept. 7.
A decertification petition is filed when at least 30% of workers at a unionized business wish to no longer be represented by their union. According to the National Labor Relations Act, workers have to wait at least one year under a union before starting the decertification process.
Four Philadelphia locations of Good Karma Café have been unionized since last year, and if workers voted yes to decertify the union election, the stores would no longer be represented by Workers United, the union that also represents 340+ Starbucks stores. Employees that led the campaign to decertify are being represented by the National Right to Work Foundation legal defense, which states that Pennsylvania lacks Right to Work protections for private center employees. As a result, employees at these unionized Good Karma stores are required to join the union and pay dues, even if they don’t want to be represented, as union laws vary state by state.