Workers at Encinitas Starbucks location vote to unionize


Workers at the Encinitas Starbucks coffee shop location at Leucadia Boulevard and Interstate 5 have filed a petition to unionize. (Google Street View photo)

North Coast Current

Workers at an Encinitas Starbucks coffee shop have voted in favor of unionizing, it was announced Monday, May 22.

The 21-2 vote by employees of the Leucadia shop just off Interstate 5 makes it the first Starbucks to unionize in San Diego County. The vote was taken last week, according to a Starbucks Workers United announcement.

“It feels amazing to see what we’ve been working so hard for come to fruition,” Alina Stangeland and Denika Brown, baristas and organizers at the Leucadia store, said in a joint statement provided by the union. “We feel like we’re finally getting our own voice.”

The Encinitas store filed a petition to unionize to the National Labor Relations Board in April. The action follows a trend of unionization efforts at Starbucks coffee shops across the United States.

Starbucks Workers United noted in a previous news release that Starbucks has come under fire for alleged union-busting and retaliatory actions. On March 1, a National Labor Relations Board judge admonished Starbucks for alleged misconduct as it sought to quell efforts to unionize. An order required the company to reinstate employees who had been dismissed from New York locations that attempted to unionize.

The union reiterated its concerns in its May 22 news release.

“The freshly unionized Encinitas Starbucks partners have joined the fight against the Company’s hour cuts, inadequate staffing, disregard for partner safety, and refusal to bargain with the union in good faith,” the union alleged in its announcement.

According to the union, 308 Starbucks outlets have unionized across the country. The push to unionize is being done in affiliation with the union Workers United Upstate.