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Downtown Cincinnati becomes the first in the city to form a Starbucks union

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Starbucks at 401 Vine St. is the first unionized Starbucks in Cincinnati.

As of June 23, the Starbucks coffee mega-giant at 401 Vine St downtown is the first of the local stores.

The bid for union representation passed in “a resounding victory,” according to a release from the Workers’ United Chicago & Midwest Regional Joint Board (CMRJB), which represents the Cincinnati store.

“These baristas were the first in Cincinnati to join Starbucks Workers United
The movement that shook the nation,” Workers United CMRJB’s media relations coordinator MC Florani said in a release. “Now, they are the first unionized Starbucks.
Location in the city.”

The store organizers issued a statement of their own, saying, “The partners of Fourth & Vine are proud of each individual’s effort and support throughout their unionization process. Together, we will continue to create an environment that respects and values ​​individuality. Gives and appreciates the work each unique partner does.”

Vine Street Starbucks workers first filed for a union representation election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in April, with an “overwhelming majority” signing the union authorization card according to a release — only 30. % is required.

At the time, employees signed a letter addressed to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz saying they intended to unionize to “create a more positive, healthy, and respectful work environment.” The letter emphasizes, in part, Starbucks’ failure to nurture its employees — called “partners” in corporate parlance — that are part of the company’s stated mission.

Lou Shamblin, one of the leaders of the Vine Street store, told citybeat In April, “I was inspired to start unionizing because I didn’t feel that corporate management was giving us the proper support to partners. This included security, wages, and other benefits. Other stores across the country really gave us the labor movement.” I believe seeing the corporate pushback at other stores, from inappropriate firings to corporate presence, it really opened my eyes to why this was important. I truly believe That unionization would put power in the hands of partners who feel unheard of under the current Starbucks management system.”

In May, Starbucks locations in Columbus and Cleveland became the first states to form a union. Starbucks employees at those stores cited concerns about COVID safeguards, burnout and non-wages amid the company’s record-breaking first-quarter revenue growth that was due to unionization demands.

While similar complaints were voiced by Vine Street Starbucks workers, Shamblin said that specifically for their store, they wanted to put a unique emphasis on “partner persona.”

“I wanted to share how we fostered that culture with a little support from corporate management, although that’s the environment they encourage in their stores,” he said.

According to a story published earlier this year Vice PresidentAt least 200 Starbucks locations have applied for their unions to be recognized at the NLRB, and the Workers United CMRJB says more than 160 stores have won their union elections.

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