Starbucks workers in Hopewell Township became the first location in New Jersey to unionize with Workers United.
All 15 employees voted yes on the union vote.
“These baristas wanted to unionize to improve their standards of living, ensure safe working conditions, and be treated with respect by their employer. Even though Starbucks likes to portray itself as a progressive company, the workers had to withstand a vicious anti-union campaign,” said New Jersey AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech and Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan. “They endured captive audience meetings, anti-union lies and propaganda, and having their hours cut to deprive them of healthcare benefits.”
According to Wowkanech and Brennan, employees in more than 200 Starbucks stores across the U.S., including Summit and Hamilton Township, are in the process of organizing labor unions.
“We are incredibly proud of the brave and strong Starbucks workers who voted to join Workers United,” said Lynne Fox, the Workers United international president. “Our collective success in Hopewell today reflects the power that working people have to demand positive changes from their employers.”