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Worcester Starbucks Workers File Petition to Unionize

By Tom Marino | April 4, 2022
Last Updated: April 4, 2022

WORCESTER – Workers at Starbucks at 11 East Central Street in Worcester have sent a letter to the company’s interim CEO Howard Schultz, notifying of its intent to file a petition to unionize.

The workers’ letter says they “… come together to form this union in response to recent work conditions with the intent to remedy and build beyond our currently unstable workplace.”

The letter also said that “Our partners are aware of the tools available to us to communicate feedback, utilized them to their fullest extent and have not seen meaningful change; as a result we are taking a new approach.”

The full text of the letter by employees at the East Central Street location is available here.

Several stores have informed Starbucks corporate of its intent to file a petition to unionize. Locations on Boylston Street in Boston and in Pittsburg, PA, issued letters on Monday, as well.

At Starbucks’ corporate offices in Seattle, Monday was new interim CEO Howard Schultz’s first day back on the job. This is Schultz’ third stint as CEO. He held the position last from 2008 to 2017. He first became CEO in 1986, when Starbucks had no locations outside Seattle, WA. He held the position until 2000.

Starbucks now operates over 33,000 locations in 84 countries and over 380,000 employees.

Nine Starbucks locations have already voted to form unions. The National Labor Relations Board certified the vote of workers at Starbucks Reserve Roastery New York, at Chelsea Market on Ninth Avenue in Manhatten, on Friday, April 1. Employees voted 46 to 36 to unionize.

Efforts to unionize exceed within Starbucks. Workers at the Amazon JKF8 warehouse in Staten Island, NY, was certified on Friday, April 1. Voters elected to unionize there by a vote of 2,654 to 2,131. It is the first Amazon location to unionize. Amazon’s LDJ5 warehouse, also on Staten Island, begins its vote to unionize on April 25.


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