Workers at Montgomery Co. Starbucks move toward union

The push to unionize Starbucks has reached Montgomery County, Maryland, as 14 workers at a store in Olney are planning to form a local shop.

A petition filed with the National Labor Relations Board shows all full-time and regular part-time baristas are on-board, as are shift supervisors and assistant store managers.

The vote is set for May 20.



Some Starbucks stores have been unionizing since December, and a yes vote would make the Olney location the third to unionize in Maryland.

A Baltimore location was the state’s first to vote for a union.

Starbucks said in a statement that while it respects the right to unionize, the company believes it and employees are better together without a union in between.

Mike Murillo

Mike Murillo is a reporter and anchor at WTOP. Before joining WTOP in 2013, he worked in radio in Orlando, New York City and Philadelphia.

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