The Potluck

Workers vote to unionize at second Starbucks in Minnesota

By: - May 2, 2022 2:47 pm

A Starbucks on Snelling Avenue in St. Paul. Photo by Max Nesterak/Minnesota Reformer.

Workers at a second Starbucks location — at 47th Street and Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis — voted to unionize on Monday as a wave of unionization efforts continue at Starbucks stores across the country.

Of the 31 workers eligible to vote, 11 voted in favor of unionizing with three opposed. The workers filed a petition in February to unionize with Workers United, an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union.

Last week, the first Minnesota Starbucks shop to unionize — at Snelling and Stanford avenues in St. Paul — voted in favor 14 to 1.

The votes pave the way for workers to begin negotiating their first contract.

Workers at four other Starbucks locations — including the Mall of America and in Eden Prairie — have filed petitions seeking to unionize and are awaiting a union vote.

Starbucks has declined to voluntarily recognize union petitions across the country, instead making workers vote in an election overseen by the National Labor Relations Board.

Workers at more than 200 Starbucks stores across the country are seeking to unionize and have won the vast majority of elections held so far. Workers at some 25 stores have voted to unionize, while workers at two stores petitioned for a union but ultimately voted against it.

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Max Nesterak
Max Nesterak

Max Nesterak is the deputy editor of the Reformer and reports on labor and housing. Most recently he was an associate producer for Minnesota Public Radio after a stint at NPR. He also co-founded the Behavioral Scientist and was a Fulbright Scholar to Berlin, Germany.