Starbucks in Birmingham becomes first in Alabama to unionize


A Starbucks in Birmingham has become the first in the state to unionize, WHNT reported.

Workers at the 20th Street South Starbucks said the vote was 27 for, 1 against. A representative of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) confirmed the results. Organizers said that over 80 Starbucks locations have unionized nationwide.

Kyle McGucken, a worker and organizer stated, “I am thankful to both our community and my partners for this truly historic moment. We are a beautiful family, and we wish to go forward, serving each other and our community to our best and truest values. I am proud to be with these amazing partners.”

The NLRB said that the employer and workers have until June 3 to file any objections to the vote.

“If neither party files objections, the results will be certified and the employer will have to bargain in good faith with the union,” a representative of the NLRB said.