There were enough contested ballots in the Williamsville Place store election that a result could not be determined when the votes were counted.
WILLIAMSVILLE, NY — Another Buffalo-area Starbucks store had the ballots counted in a unionization vote.
The Williamsville Place Starbucks was the eighth WNY Starbucks to have the votes counted by the National Labor Relations Board in a union election Monday.
However, more than half of the valid ballots were challenged. A total of 10 ballots were contested because the parties could not agree on the eligibility of certain voters. Nine votes were counted.
This means that the results of the election cannot be officially determined. The ballots are currently being reviewed by the NLRB. The disputed votes were then confiscated.
Of the ballots counted, six were in favor of forming a union and three were against.
“We are confident that our union victory will be reaffirmed by the NLRB once the protest votes are resolved,” said Casey Moore, barista at the Williamsville Place store.. “This movement began in Buffalo over six months ago and Starbucks has done everything possible to try to stop our efforts, including Rossann Williams, President of Starbucks North America, leading a team of representatives and corporate managers to spy, intimidate and threaten. workers.”
“We look forward to sitting down to the negotiating table with Starbucks,” said Sariah Hakes, barista at the Williamsville Place store.. “We look forward to making decisions about our working conditions and to being truly heard both as workers and as people.
Earlier this month, the National Labor Relations Board filed a formal complaint against Starbucks, alleging they committed hundreds of federal labor law violations in Western New York.
That filing came after federal labor officials ruled the company engaged in unfair labor practices in Phoenix.
2 On Your Side reached out to Starbucks for a statement, here’s what they had to say:
“We are listening and learning from these store partners, as we always do across the country. From the start, we have been clear in our belief that we are better off together as partners, with no union between us, and that belief has not changed. We respect our partners’ right to organize and are committed to following the NLRB process.