By now we have all heard the news that at least one Buffalo Starbucks location voted to unionize last week, the first to do so in the United States. This, rightfully, is being seen as an historic victory for workers in the American service/fast food sector and appears to already be having the hoped for and intended ripple effect.
In the days since the victory was announced other Starbucks locations and workers have declared their intention to organize and take on the coffee chain giant. This despite the huge efforts that Starbucks CEOs and management made to stop the Buffalo drives.
Workers in a Mesa, Arizona location petitioned for a union election with the National Labor Relations Board in November even prior to the Buffalo win.
After the Buffalo win came news of Starbucks workers organizing in Boston:
Then on December 20, Starbuck workers in Seattle filed for a union election:
It's beginning to look a lot like a Starbucks unionization wave.