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Starbucks labor saga continues

As the 201st store unionizes, the company is accused of fighting back


Welcome to First Bite, a Nation’s Restaurant News podcast, your daily source of news from NRN hosted by Holly Petre.

Today, we’re examining the twists and turns in the Starbucks unionization case.

This week, the Starbucks union SBWorkers United passed a new milestone: 200 stores are now unionized. That was on July 22. On the 26th, Starbucks reached its 201st store to be unionized in Long Island, NY in just under 8 months since the first store unionized in Buffalo New York in December of last year.

But it hasn’t been celebrations for the union leaders. Ahead of the union elections in a Scottsboro, Alabama store, two union leaders were fired just ahead of the vote, leading to questions of union-busting from SBWorkers United.

But that’s not the end. There have been over 250 labor violation complaints against Starbucks brought up by SB Workers United and the National Labor Relations Board and 2 against SBWorkers United by Starbucks.

This week, a small independent restaurant in Los Angeles voted to unionize. What does the larger unionization movement look like?

NRN senior editor Joanna Fantozzi has more on this story.

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