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Overland Park Starbucks baristas win union election

Posted at 8:12 AM, Mar 14, 2024

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Workers at the 75th Street and I-35 Starbucks store became the 2nd Starbucks location in Kansas to join Starbucks Workers United.

With a unanimous 14-0 voted Wednesday the workers joined 400 stores and 10,000 workers who have unionized with Starbucks Workers United in less than three years.

Workers prevailed after a legal battle in which Starbucks contested a previous union election at the store.

The workers can begin discussion to reach a foundational framework to achieve collective bargaining agreements for represented stores and partners.

Syd Brown, a barista trainer with a year and a half at Starbucks says, "I'm just excited for us to have a strong voice in the workplace so we can advocate for our own wants and desires."

The company says it welcomes the opportunity to continue working side-by-side with partners at the Overland Park location. Starbucks maintains the best way for partners to make their voice heard on the matter of union representation is through the NLRB election process.