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2nd Starbucks Store Near Buffalo Votes to Unionize

A second Starbucks store near Buffalo, New York, has voted to unionize, one of a growing number of the coffee chain’s stores seeking to organize workers. Workers at the store, in the suburb of Cheektowaga, voted 15–9 in favor of representation by Workers United, an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union. The National Labor Relations Board confirmed the vote Monday. Starbucks is evaluating its options and may appeal, a spokesperson for the company said. The company has 10 business days to file an appeal to the full labor board. If the appeal is denied, it must bargain with the union. Last month, Starbucks workers voted to unionize workers at a store in downtown Buffalo, making that store one of the first to unionize in Starbucks’s 50-year history. But at the time, the outcome of union elections at two other area stores—in Cheektowaga and Hamburg—were unclear. The union and Starbucks …

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