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Monday, October 3, 2022

Calgary Starbucks site becomes 1st to unionize in Alberta

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Key takeaways: 

  • The majority of 32 employees at the location voted to merge the United Steelworkers union.
  • Starbucks is confronting a surge of union drives. 
  • As of late June, half a dozen shops in Alberta were part of that measure.

A Starbucks shop in southwest Calgary has voted to unionize, becoming the first in Alberta to do so.

Most of the 32 workers at the Starbucks found at 150 Millrise Boulevard S.W. partook in a mail-in ballot and will enter the United Steelworkers (USW) union.

“We are proud to include workers from the first unionized Starbucks shop in Alberta to our growing union family,” stated Scott Lunny, USW Director for Western Canada, in a release.

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A Starbucks shop in southwest Calgary has voted to unionize, becoming the first in Alberta to do so

Starbucks is confronting a surge of union drives. As of late June, half a dozen shops in Alberta were part of that effort. A Starbucks Canada representative told CBC News that the firm respects its worker’s freedom to organize.

“From the start, we’ve been evident in our view that we are better together as partners, without a union between us at Starbucks, and that belief has not changed,” the statement stated.

“We will appreciate the process and bargain reasonably confidently, guided by our principles. We expect that the union will do the same.​”

Source – CBC News

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