Vote to unionize Scottsboro Starbucks is approaching

Scottsboro, Ala. (WAFF) – A Starbucks in northern Alabama could join dozens of unionized Starbucks across the country and become the second in the state.

Several workers at a Scottsboro Starbucks have sent a letter to Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz announcing their intention to join the Starbucks Workers United union. The letter describes how they were inspired to unite after a Birmingham Starbucks won their union in May 2022.

The letter says the employees faced issues during their hours, much like Starbucks workers across the country.

Starbucks worker and union organizer Garrett Ellison says their schedule is unreliable. He says hours are often cut without notice and they don’t know how much money they will make from week to week.

Starbucks offers benefits to part-time workers who work a total of 240 hours in three consecutive full months. Ellison says it’s unreachable.

“I know here in this store under Starbucks we had benefits to go to college to get insurance, but no one was able to get them because they couldn’t get the hours to get those benefits” , Ellison said. “A bunch of people on Facebook said ‘you got all these good perks’ and yeah, but we can’t get them because Starbucks isn’t giving us enough hours to get them. They cut our hours like crazy and it’s unreal because they say it’s work-based, but we’ve been so busy it doesn’t add up.

Ellison says the union has already sent mail-in ballots, they will count the votes on August 23.

WAFF has contacted Starbucks for comment, but as of August 15 has not responded.

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