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Arizona Starbucks to attempt vote on union for 2nd time

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Michelle Eisen, a barista at the Buffalo, N.Y., Elmwood Starbucks location, helps out the local Starbucks Workers United, employees of a local Starbucks, as they gather at a local union hall to cast votes to unionize or not, on Feb. 16, 2022, in Mesa, Ariz. With an appeal request by Starbucks rejected. workers at one of the coffee giant's Mesa, Arizona, locations will vote Friday, Feb. 25, 2022, on whether or not to unionize. If the union wins out, it would be one of the first aside from two stores in Buffalo, New York, to organize.

Employees at a Starbucks in suburban Phoenix are expected to move forward with a vote on whether to unionize, amplifying the growing interest in organizing among the coffee chain’s workers.

Pro-union leaders say Starbucks workers deserve the right to collectively bargain on issues like benefits, seniority pay and pandemic safety protocols.

The election set for last week was postponed to Friday after Starbucks filed a request for a review with the National Labor Relations Board.

The Washington, D.C.-based board denied the request. If approved, the Starbucks in Mesa would be the first to unionize outside of Buffalo, New York.