A sweeping unionization drive at Starbucks is changing the way young people look at the labor movement, according to organizers who led stores in Long Beach and Lakewood to join the cause.
Employees at the Long Beach store voted 13 to 0 in favor of a union. In Lakewood, employees voted in favor 24 to 1.
Starbucks United Workers, a union group under the National Labors Relations Board, submitted a petition that seeks unionization of coffee shops on Seventh Street in Long Beach and another on Candlewood Street in Lakewood.
Coffee lovers in Southern California and across the country will find it difficult to get an afternoon cup of coffee at Starbucks on May 29.
Vice Mayor Rex Richardson, city development officials, district and store managers and local community members celebrated the opening of North Long Beach’s first stand-alone Starbucks Coffee shop on Monday, October 16.
Normally, news of a Starbucks opening in Long Beach wouldn’t warrant much attention but this coffee shop is different. Its unique aim—to employ and develop underserved youth and young adults—and its building design, which includes a transparent community conference room inside the store, sets it apart from the roughly 30 other locations scattered across Long Beach.
Belmont Shore’s Starbucks presence has been going through some changes lately, starting with the closure of Second Street’s smaller location and a massive remodel of the company’s new area flagship at Covina Ave.