2 local Starbucks proved workers still have power. After a successful union vote, what’s next?

A pair of Starbucks stores in Long Beach and Lakewood just voted overwhelmingly to unionize, with only one “no” vote between them.

That landmark vote started with a grassroots effort at each store, according to Tyler Keeling and Josie Serrano, two of the lead organizers. As baristas, they said it was intimidating to face down a multinational corporation that has been accused of harsh anti-union tactics, but in the end, they won nearly unanimous support from their coworkers.

“What they weren’t expecting is us baristas have so much in common with each other,” they said.

Now that they’ve won, what’s next? And how is the sweeping cross-country unionization drive changing the way young people think about the labor movement?

Find out on this week’s episode of “The Word.”

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Jackie Rae is a multimedia reporter for the Long Beach Post who joined in May 2021.
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