OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The Starbucks location on 23rd and Robinson in Oklahoma City has become the first store to unionize in Oklahoma.
With a vote of 15-2, the the baristas have decided to join Starbucks Workers United, a union representing over 100 other Starbucks locations across the United States.
“Today, we have become true partners in our organizing for a more just labor structure, where workers have a say in their workplace and earn a baseline living wage,” said Collin Pollitt, barista that led the unionization movement at 23rd and Robinson. “We have reined in corporate power, and we carry on the banner of Martin Luther King Jr. with the idea that all labor has dignity.”
Kat Hudgins, a shift supervisor, said Starbucks’ mission statement aims to “inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup, and one neighborhood at a time.” With Tuesday’s vote, Hudgins said Starbucks can be held accountable to their mission statement.
This vote comes less than a month after the location at 63rd and Grand voted 10-9 to unionize. Their election has not been made official yet because of 5 challenges. The NLRB will schedule a hearing to determine the outcome of those challenges.
Now the focus shifts to future votes. There are two other locations that have election coming up.
36th and May will vote on June 14.
A location in Norman, OK, has filed to vote but has not scheduled one.
NICHOLS HILLS, Okla. (KFOR) – Employees at a local Starbucks are working to become the first unionized Starbucks store in Oklahoma.
The vote to unionize the store, located at N.W. 63rd and Grand, is in limbo due to five challenges.
“We had five challenges, which were determinative to the vote. But in spite of that, we are a vote ahead and are expecting that when those challenges are resolved that we are going to win the first store in Oklahoma City,” said William Westlake, with the National Organizing Committee.
Officials say there were 10 votes in favor of unionizing and nine votes against.
Since August of last year, over 260 Starbucks stores in 33 states have filed for union elections.
Starbucks has urged its employees to push back on the unionization effort. The coffee chain said in December that it did not want unions to come between the company and its workers, but pledged to “respect the legal process” and “bargain in good faith.”