Starbucks Workers at Two Long Island Locations Voted to Unionize

Starbucks workers at Old Westbury and Garden City locations have voted to join a union, officially joining a national movement of unionized baristas at the coffee giant. The vote was 6 to 5 in favor of unionizing, while 7 to 3 in favor for Garden City workers. The local workers are now members of Workers United New York New Jersey Regional Board, an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union.

Leeana Lee, 24, an Elmont resident and Starbucks worker in Garden City, said winning the union vote at Starbucks represents a pivotal moment in championing workers’ rights and ensuring fair treatment within the company. She believes that this victory gives hope that the company can go back to being something they enjoy working at again. One of the biggest issues faced by employees has been low staffing levels and high turnover, creating larger workloads for fewer employees. Starbucks has acknowledged staffing issues at some of its stores and said it will be remedying the issue.

The company also announced that it will begin negotiating first contracts with unionized stores this year. At least 400 of Starbucks’ 9,000 corporate-owned stores in 43 states have voted to unionize since late 2021, including workers at locations in Farmingville, Westbury, Lynbrook, Massapequa, and Wantagh. The coffee chain has not finalized a contract with any of the unionized shops but plans to negotiate first contracts with stores this year.

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