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Genesee Street Starbucks workers vote 15-9 to unionize, with 7 challenged votes

Genesee Street Starbucks
Posted at 3:21 PM, Dec 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-09 17:00:19-05

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WKBW) — Starbucks workers from the Genesee Street store in Cheektowaga appear to have voted 'yes' to become the second store in the United States to unionize. However, several votes have been challenged that could affect the results.

The vote was 15-9 in favor, with seven challenged votes. If the result in favor of unionization becomes official, this will follow the Starbucks store on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo becoming the first American store to vote to unionize. Every challenged vote would have to be against unionization in order to change the result. The group in favor of unionization cheered and hugged as the final vote was read.

The union representing the workers tweet the following statement:

Earlier on Thursday, workers at the Starbucks store on Camp Road in Hamburg voted no to unionizing.

The locations had been voting for four weeks.