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A Starbucks store in downtown Buffalo, New York, is the coffee chain’s first union outlet in the United States.
The National Labor Relations Board announced yesterday that workers at Elmwood Avenue, one of three election-held stores in Buffalo, voted 19 to 8 for a union. Workers at the Camp Road site in Buffalo voted against the union formation, while the result was contested in a third round of voting.
During the four month campaign, Starbucks pushed back against Starbucks and Workers United, the union that seeks to represent baristas. According to the union, Starbucks flew in billionaire founder Howard Schultz to convince employees to support a union. According to an observer of the campaign, she also texted employees about the election and held captive audience meetings where company officials asked employees to reject the union during their shifts.
The vote is the latest sign of the growing influence of organized labor in America. Workers at Kellogg’s plants that make grains like Frosted Flakes and Froot Loops have been on strike for months to get the company to end forced overtime.
Earlier this year, workers in Bessemer, Alabama, became the first Amazon warehouse workers to vote to form a union. Last month, a National Labor Relations Board official ordered Amazon to rerun the vote, resulting in a loss for workers, saying the e-commerce group had “essentially hijacked” the process.
The pandemic has created a labor shortage, driving up prices and job vacancies in the United States. It has also given the unions more power to negotiate pay increases for their members. Three other Starbucks locations in New York and Arizona ran union elections during the Buffalo campaign.
SB Workers United organizers say their union will push the company for more in-store staffing, wage increases and better training to prepare for the increasingly complex beverage orders made possible by the chain’s growing reliance on its mobile app.
“We’ll keep listening,” said Rossann Williams, President of Starbucks North America, in a letter to employees after the vote. “These are preliminary results, without our partner relationship immediately changing in the course of the NLRB process.”
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Five more stories on the news
1. Biden reaffirms US commitment to Ukrainian sovereignty Joe Biden pledged America’s “unwavering commitment to the sovereignty of Ukraine” in a phone call with the country’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, amid concerns that the US leader was ready to negotiate with Russia on its call to curb NATO expansion .
2. Nubank shares rise on the first day of trading The Brazilian fintech firm, backed by Warren Buffett and Tencent, has become Latin America’s most valuable financial group, valued at nearly $ 50 billion, after its shares first traded in New York.
3. SEC instructs employees to recommend new investor protections for Spacs Gary Gensler, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, has signaled that regulators are ready to scrutinize blank check companies as the authorities roll up a spate of cases against these vehicles.
4. Nicaragua breaks off diplomatic relations with Taiwan Managua said yesterday that it is severing its longstanding diplomatic ties with Taiwan and will recognize the Beijing government as the sole seat of power in China. The decision follows a similar promise made by Xiomara Castro, the new president in Honduras, and underscores China’s escalating campaign to isolate Taiwan.
5. USA blacklist China’s SenseTime via Xinjiang The US blacklisted the artificial intelligence company for investment as it pricing its Hong Kong IPO. Washington has accused SenseTime of facilitating human rights violations against Muslim Uyghurs.
Tens of thousands of US Government employees remain unvaccinated against Covid-19 despite a federal vaccination mandate, according to an analysis by the Financial Times.
US Regulators have approved third shots of the BioNTech / Pfizer vaccine for 16- and 17-year-olds. Regardless, new claims for unemployment benefit fell last week to their lowest level in 52 years.
Boris Johnson faces a major rebellion from his own party MPs over new Covid-19 restrictions. the United Kingdom The Prime Minister has enraged Conservative MPs with his handling of a dispute over Christmas celebrations at his Downing Street residence.
Austria will, according to the government, impose criminal fines of up to 3,600 euros on anyone over the age of 14 who refuses to be vaccinated.
Health officials in Africa have complained about that EU’s Sluggish introduction of vaccines to poorer countries, with shipments sometimes arriving in unpredictable quantities.
As Health officials While trying to curb the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, which has been proven in more than 50 countries on six continents, scientists keep puzzling about its origin, which leads to competing theories.
The day ahead
Inflation data US consumer prices are expected to have risen at the fastest rate in nearly 40 years in November. The consumer price index, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is likely to have risen 6.8 percent last month from a year earlier, which would be the fastest annual increase since 1982 and a sharp increase of 6.2 percent in October.
Day two of Joe Biden’s Democracy Summit The US President will deliver a closing speech on day two of the Democracy Summit, a virtual gathering of more than 100 world leaders aimed at promoting democratic values. Beijing, meanwhile, argued that China deserves recognition as one of the world’s great democracies as it launched a bitter public relations campaign against Biden’s initiative.
Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony The Nobel Peace Prizes are awarded to journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov in Oslo. Winners of other awards have already received their prizes in slimmed-down ceremonies this week due to the pandemic. (NPR)
What else we read and look at
“Queen of the bull market” faces her toughest test Nobody embodies the boom in the US stock exchanges as well as Cathie Wood from Ark Invest. Using social media, with a skill seldom found on Wall Street, Wood has drawn legions of retail investors and billions of dollars by placing aggressive bets on companies and technologies that they believe will change the world . The results have been spectacular – until now.
America is still a dangerous nation It is easy to guess that “non-interventionism” has become a firm belief. But that can change quickly. Think about what happened after 9/11. Now imagine hordes of Ukrainians fleeing while Russian tanks stir up their cities, writes Edward Luce.
UAE expats wooed with new work week Starting in January, the UAE will be introducing a western style weekend Saturday through Sunday to adapt to global markets. Will the move help modernize the economy and make it more attractive to foreigners?
Where will the crypto anarchy end? The rapid proliferation of Bitcoin and other digital assets has baffled investors and worried the financial establishment. Dissent, greed, idealism, and fear of missing out have fueled the growth of this revolutionary technology. In this video, our Lex team asks where this will all end.
“The salary rates for lawyers are unsustainable” US law firms like Kirkland & Ellis have had a record year with 12 months of dealmaking and private equity investments. But fluctuation and burnout among middle-ranking employees are successful and have triggered a rethink in the most profitable companies.
If felling a tree is a crime against nature, are artificial trees, leased trees, or cultivated trees really better? Joy Lo Dico is looking for a sustainable Christmas tree.
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