Starbucks union vote not yet decided, due to disputed votes:

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) – Workers at Starbucks off John T. Reid Parkway in Scottsboro, Alabama, will go to bed tonight without a final decision in a union vote.

Several store employees initially banned together in June, when they sent a letter of intent to file a union petition at Starbucks Corporation. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) mailed ballots to eligible Starbucks employees on July 25, 2022.

On Tuesday, August 23, the votes were counted.

News 19 was the only local news station on the call while the votes were read and took detailed notes.

The votes were taken from the ballot boxes and read by Nathan Gilbert, a field lawyer for the NLRB in the Birmingham area. Before the ballots were read, Gilbert explained the counting process.

He said that for either side to win, a majority vote would be needed. A tie would result in the formation of no unions.

Each ballot was read and shown to a camera, before being distributed in one of three bins: Yes, No or Nil. A fourth box was added later, for disputed votes.

The first vote read was a “yes” vote. Following this, six “no” votes were read. The next four votes were “yes” votes.

However, after that, a ballot was removed from the ballot box torn in half. Only the ballot portion was still attached, and it was a “yes” vote. The vote was later contested, so it was added to the contested bin, rather than the “yes” bin. Following this, two more ‘no’ votes were read, followed by three ‘yes’ votes.

In total, there were eight “yes” votes, eight “no” votes and four contested votes.

The other three disputed votes were not explained, only one having been withdrawn from the ballot box. Gilbert said there were 23 eligible voters and a total of 20 ballots were cast.

As the four disputed votes were sufficient to affect the outcome of the election, they will be investigated by the Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board.

The Regional Director will then decide whether the four contested votes will be counted later.


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