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Starbucks says it will bargain ‘in good faith’ with Buffalo store employees.

Starbucks said Monday it intended to strike a deal “in good faith” with a Buffalo store where employees voted to unionize this month after an sometimes controversial election campaign.

The store is one of approximately 9,000 company-owned locations in the United States that have a union, although there are unions in many locations owned and operated by other companies under licensing agreements with Starbucks.

“From the beginning, we have been clear in our belief that we do not want a union between us as partners, and that belief has not changed,” Rawson Williams, the company’s president of retail for North America, said in a letter on Monday. American employees.

“However, we have also said that we respect the legal process,” she said. “This means we will bargain in good faith with the union that represents the partners in a Buffalo store that voted in favor of the union’s representation.”

Throughout the campaign in Buffalo that began in late August, union supporters complained that out-of-town officials who gathered at her store, including Ms. Williams, were monitoring and intimidating her. The company said officers had come to Buffalo to help address issues such as shortages and inadequate training, and that they had taken similar steps nationwide since the spring.

But after the announcement of the results of elections at three Buffalo-area stores on December 9, in which the union won in one store, lost in one, and was advancing to a third store, where the vote challenges should be resolved, the union signaled. Given it wanted to take a more conciliatory currency.

“We want to offer the company an olive branch and say, ‘Let’s put this behind us,'” said Michelle Eisen, a Starbucks employee in Buffalo who was one of the leaders of the organizing campaign. “Now is the time, let’s get to the bargaining table as soon as possible and help us negotiate the best contract the service industry has ever seen.”

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The union said last week that it had objected to the election at the Buffalo-area location where it lost, arguing that the company’s actions violated the “lab conditions” under which the elections are due. , making a fair vote impossible.

Starbucks has invested heavily over the years thanks to its reputation as a good employer. Part-time workers are eligible for health insurance and the company covers tuition for employees who are admitted to an online degree program at Arizona State University. Starbucks’ annual report details its generosity to employees and states that “they have been instrumental in our success as a global brand driving forward with purpose.”

In the days before Ms Williams’ letter, union supporters said the company was continuing to intimidate and monitor employees of three more Buffalo-area stores that petitioned for union elections.

“We are asking them to leave this anti-union campaign and end this union,” Jazz Brissack, an employee who helped lead the union campaign, said in a statement Friday. “We have to ask, why are there still ‘support’ managers out of the abusive state in our Buffalo community?”

The company denies that it is trying to intimidate employees and says out-of-town workers are helping to resolve operational issues at the store. Election dates have not been set at the stores or the two Boston-area stores where activists applied for union elections following the Buffalo results earlier this month.

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