College students lead charge at first California Starbucks to unionize

For the first time in California, employees at two Starbucks locations in Santa Cruz voted to unionize. The union vote at the Mission Street Starbucks was 15 to 2. While the vote at the Ocean Street store was 13 to one. Both were overwhelmingly in favor of unionization. A rally was held at California’s first Starbucks store to vote in Starbucks Workers United, which is affiliated with the Service Employees International Union.The movement began in November, when a Buffalo, New York, Starbucks won the right to unionize.Joseph Thompson, a shift supervisor and, at the age of 18, a candidate for the California Assembly helped lead the charge. “It will only help other stores, but in particular this is a student-led movement. Most of the workers in our store are very young. We are upset and need a change,” said Thompson. The next challenge is to negotiate a contract with Starbucks, which owns the two stores in Santa Cruz. There are advantages and there are other considerations. “We should have a say in what happens and what things given to us. One of the main things is that Starbucks doesn’t listen when we have problems in the store, whether it’s mishaps or mishaps. r problems with senior management,” said Noel Bennet, the main union organizer. There are 19 more Starbucks in California heading towards unionization. Respect and greater reduction in profits are motivating factors.” People who are fed up, get paid less, and have no voice in their own work saying, Wow, look at those Amazon people and Starbucks, if they can earn respect and higher salaries, in a job very similar to mine, well I could too,” said Steve McKay, associate professor of sociology at UC Santa Cruz and director of the Center for Labor Studies. After the vote, Starbucks released this statement: “We are listening to and learning from these store partners as we always do across the country. From the beginning, we have been clear in our belief that we are better together.” as partners, with no union between us, and that belief has no We respect our partner’s right to organize and are committed to following the NLRB process Third store in Capitola must vote on union ization on June 6.

For the first time in California, employees at two Starbucks locations in Santa Cruz have voted to unionize.

The union vote at the Mission Street Starbucks was 15 to 2. While the vote at the Ocean Street store was 13 to one. Both were overwhelmingly in favor of unionization.

A rally was held at the First California Starbucks store to vote in Starbucks Workers United, an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union.

The movement began in November, when a Buffalo, New York, Starbucks won the right to unionize.

Joseph Thompson, shift leader and, at the age of 18, candidate for California Assembly, helped lead the charge.

“It will only help other stores, but in particular this is a student-led movement. Most of the workers in our store are very young. We are upset and need a change,” Thompson said.

The next challenge is to negotiate a contract with Starbucks, which owns the two stores in Santa Cruz.

With the high cost of living and most college-age employees, talks will be about bigger salaries and benefits and there are other considerations.

“We should have a say in what happens and what things are given to us. One of the main things is that Starbucks doesn’t listen when we have issues in the store, whether it’s incidents or issues with senior management,” Noel said. Bennet, main trade union organizer.

There are 19 more Starbucks in California heading towards unionization. Respect and a greater reduction in profits are motivating factors.

“People who are fed up, get paid less and don’t have a voice in their own jobs saying, Wow, look at those people at Amazon and Starbucks, if they can earn respect and higher salaries high, in a job very similar to me, well I could too,” said Steve McKay, associate professor of sociology at UC Santa Cruz and director of the Center for Labor Studies.

After the vote, Starbucks released this statement:

“We listen and learn from partners in these stores as we always do across the country. From the beginning, we have been clear in our belief that we are better together as partners, with no union between us, and that belief has We respect our partner’s right to organize and are committed to following the NLRB process.

A third store in Capitola is due to vote on unionization on June 6.

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