Downtown Birmingham Starbucks store workers vote to unionize

Location becomes first in Alabama to unionize
(Source: Starbucks Coffee Company)
Published: May. 26, 2022 at 6:43 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Workers at the Starbucks store located on 20th Street South in Birmingham have voted 27-1 to unionize.

Officials with the National Labor Relations Board held the vote Thursday.

“I am thankful to both our community and my partners for this truly historic moment. We are a beautiful family, and we wish to go forward, serving each other and our community to our best and truest values. I am proud to be with these amazing partners,” said Kyle McGucken, an employee at the Birmingham Starbucks location.

Starbucks Media Relations emailed this statement:

“We are listening and learning from the partners in these stores as we always do across the country. From the beginning, we’ve been clear in our belief that we are better together as partners, without a union between us, and that conviction has not changed. We respect our partner’s right to organize and are committed to following the NLRB process.”

The vote will need to be certified before becoming official.

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