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Starbucks workers will vote union at three more stores.

The National Labor Relations Board called union elections Friday at three Starbucks stores in the Buffalo area, where two other Starbucks stores voted to unionize late last year.

The union’s victory resulted in the creation of only two unionized Starbucks locations out of approximately 9,000 company-owned stores nationwide. The union lost in a third store in the Buffalo area, but officially objected to the outcome.

Ballots for the upcoming Starbucks election will be mailed to employees on January 31st and must be returned on February 22nd. The Labor Council will count the votes the next day.

As workers at three locations in the Buffalo area sought union elections for the first time in late August, employees at at least 15 other Starbucks stores have filed petitions for the election to be held, most after the labor council announced a union victory in Buffalo on December 9.

The campaigns seem to be run by young, liberal, and well-educated Starbucks employees in cities like Boston, Chicago, and Knoxville, Tennessee, who tend to be union sympathizers and emboldened by the Buffalo victory. The company’s employees are traditionally more liberal and better educated than employees of other trade and gastronomic establishments. They also tend to earn higher wages and enjoy more generous benefits.

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Three Buffalo stores where workers will start voting this month have petitioned to hold elections in November.

After the union campaign officially began there in August, Starbucks officials from other cities gathered in the city, where they sought to resolve operational issues and educate workers about what joining a union would entail, the company said.

Many workers in Buffalo have said that they find the presence of out-of-town officials disruptive and that they believe officials intimidate workers when they decide whether or not to support the union.

In addition to the Buffalo election, the labor council scheduled an election to begin this month at a Starbucks store in Mesa, Arizona, where workers also filed to vote in November.

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