The first St. Louis Starbucks stores have been unionized.
In the past 24 hours, three Starbucks locations have voted to unionize.
Two of those locations, one in LaDew and one at Kings Highway and Chippewa, agreed to unionize in 12-3 and 9-4 votes, respectively, according to Mari Orego, an organizer for the labor union Chicago and Midwest Joint Board of Workers’ United. .
Starbucks in Bridgton voted against unionizing, numbers 9 to 14. Workers plan to contest results for the National Labor Relations Board because of the union-busting strategy, Orego reported. RFT, Starbucks did not immediately return a request for comment.
Unionized workers will now go through the bargaining phase with Starbucks as official union members of Workers United.
Orego said workers want “a seat at a table”.
“What this means is that these workers know they deserve a voice in the terms and conditions of their workplace,” Orego said.
Starbucks employees and union supporters reacted to the news on social media.
Orego said more St. Louis-area Starbucks locations will make a decision on unionization in the coming weeks. Four additional St. Louis-area Starbucks have filed for unionization through the National Labor Relations Board. Voting will take place next Friday at Hampton & Wise Starbucks, south of Forest Park.
The two unionized St. Louis stores join 150 Starbucks stores nationwide that have become unionized. The movement has been around since December 2021, when the first Starbucks unionized in Buffalo, NY.
Louis, Oregon expects other local Starbucks to follow suit after the most recent votes.
“The ripple effect will reach more Starbucks stores at us who want to start a union process,” Orego said.