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The Starbucks at Kingshighway and Chippewa was one of two that voted to unionize today.

The first St. Louis Starbucks stores have unionized.

Over the past 24 hours, three Starbucks locations have taken a vote to unionize.

Two of those locations, one in Ladue and one at Kingshighway and Chippewa, agreed to unionize in 12-3 and 9-4 votes, respectively, according to Mari Orrego, an organizer with the Chicago labor union and Midwest Joint Board of Workers United.

The Starbucks in Bridgeton voted against unionizing in a 9 to 14 tally. Workers plan to contest the results to the National Labor Relations Board due to union-busting tactics, Orrego told the RFT. Starbucks did not immediately return a request for comment.

The unionized employees will now move to the bargaining phase with Starbucks as official union members of Workers United.

Orrego said the workers want “a seat at a table.”

“What it all boils down to is that these workers know that they deserve a voice in the terms and conditions of their workplace,” Orrego said.

Starbucks staffers and union supporters reacted to the news on social media.

More St. Louis-area Starbucks locations will decide on unionization in the coming weeks, Orrego said. Four additional St. Louis-area Starbucks have filed for unionization through the National Labor Relations Board. The Hampton and Wise Starbucks, just south of Forest Park, will vote next Friday.

The two unionized St. Louis stores join 150 Starbucks stores nationwide that have unionized. The movement has taken off since December 2021, when the first Starbucks unionized in Buffalo, NY.

In St. Louis, Orrego expects other local Starbucks to follow suit after the most recent votes.

“The ripple effect would be more Starbucks stores reaching out to us, wanting to start a union process,” Orrego said.

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