By Josh Eidelson and Bloomberg
Workers at a Starbucks Corp. store in Seattle will hold a unionization vote, giving the labor group that recently won landmark New York elections a chance to expand its new foothold to the coffee giant’s hometown.
Employees will be mailed ballots Feb. 25, the National Labor Relations Board’s Seattle regional director ordered Friday, joining counterparts in New York and Arizona in rejecting the company’s arguments that store-by-store unionization votes are inappropriate.
In New York and Arizona, like Seattle, the company argued that any vote should include the combined workforce of more stores, meaning the union would need to secure a larger number of votes to prevail.
But labor board officials found there wasn’t sufficient reason to depart from the agency’s usual presumption that a single workplace’s employees constitute a sufficiently large group to hold a vote.