STARBUCKS WORKERS UNITED HITS 400-STORE, 10,000-WORKER MILESTONE WITH MIAMI, FL WIN

An individual standing outside a building at night, wearing a cardigan and holding a sign that reads "We're on ULP Strike!" with a red circular logo and a raised fist holding a pen. Another individual is seen attaching a sign to the door of a Starbucks store.

MIAMI – Baristas at a Miami Starbucks Thursday voted to join Starbucks Workers United, becoming the 400th store to join the union, and pushing the total number of workers at union stores over 10,000. 

“We believe our voices, heard together, are important for Starbucks’ success,” said Isabella Briceno (she/her), a 2 year barista at the Sunset and 87th store. “We look forward to joining with workers across the country to bargain a fair contract that values our work and lives and strengthens the company we love.” 

Thursday’s vote at the Sunset and 87th store is the second Starbucks in Miami to join the union and the sixth in Florida. Ten thousand baristas across 42 states and the District of Columbia have now joined together with Starbucks Workers United since December of 2021. 

The 400th store to vote for the union comes a week after Workers United and Starbucks announced an agreement to begin discussions on a foundational framework to achieve collective bargaining agreements for represented stores and partners; the resolution of litigation between the union and the company, including brand litigation; and a fair process for workers to organize. 

As a sign of good faith, Starbucks agreed to provide workers represented by Workers United with credit card tipping and benefits announced by the company in May of 2022.  

The Miami workers explained why they’re unionizing in a letter sent to Starbucks CEO Laxman Narasimhan earlier this year. “We are choosing to stand with our partners across the nation in their struggle to form a true partnership in the workplace, with dignity and respect, and truly embodying this company’s mission & values,” they wrote. 

Additional elections are scheduled for the coming weeks, as workers from 21 different stores filed petitions for representation by Starbucks Workers United on Feb. 20. 

“No one thought what we were doing in Buffalo was possible or that it would end up spreading so far and wide across the country,” said Michelle Eisen, a barista and organizer at the first store to unionize two-and-a-half years ago. “Starbucks baristas are writing labor history, and I’m so proud we were able to show other partners what we could win if we stood together.”