Santa Cruz Starbucks stores are first in California to unionize

Santa Cruz Sentinel

SANTA CRUZ — Two Starbucks stores in Santa Cruz have voted to unionize, the first in California.

Media reports show that by a vote of 15-2 the Starbucks store at Mission and Dufour streets voted to unionize. A second Starbucks located on Ocean and Water streets voted 13-1 to unionize.

Before the vote, Joseph Thompson, a local union leader and state Assembly candidate, wrote on social media, “We will win in spite of your union-busting, in spite of your wrongful firings, in spite of the odds stacked against us because we, the partners, are united.”

Starbucks stores in Santa Cruz have filed lawsuits through the National Labor

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