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A New York board game cafe is joining the wave of unionisation across TCG, RPG and tabletop companies | Dicebreaker

November 2, 2023 Workers at the New York City-based board game cafe Brooklyn Strategist have announced their intentions to unionise, citing a number of issues including unfair wages, job insecurity and “ineffective and retributive management”.

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Queens Starbucks Baristas Brew Up Work Stoppage Over Cut Hours | Patch

October 18, 2023  Wake up and smell the coffee work grind to a halt, said Queens Starbucks baristas to their corporate bean counters.

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UES Board Game Cafe Announces Union Drive | Patch

September 27, 2023  Employees at a popular game board cafe are trying to upgrade their unionization stats from zero to fully maxed out.

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‘We’re empowered now’: Ocean Hill café The Daily Press becomes first unionized indie coffee shop in New York City | Brooklyn Paper

September 21, 2023 A coffee shop in Brooklyn has won a union contract, making it the first independently-owned coffee shop in New York City to do so.

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Long Island Starbucks Workers March on Boss Who Fired One of Their Own | The Indypendent

August 1, 2023 Yesterday, baristas from Farmingville Starbucks in Long Island and their union allies marched on the Starbucks regional corporate headquarters in Manhattan to demand the reinstatement of a shift leader who they say was fired for his union activity — and to confront their former boss who sacked him.

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Starbucks illegally fired NYC supervisor over union activities, judge rules | Yahoo Finance

July 24, 2023 Starbucks violated U.S. labor law by firing a Manhattan store supervisor who had organized workers to join a union, a federal labor board judge ruled on Monday.

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For Queer Starbucks Workers, Pride Month Is Strike Month | The Nation

June 30, 2023 LGBTQ employees say that things are getting worse and worse at Starbucks—and they’ve had enough.

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Workers to Starbucks: Time to Negotiate | Labor Notes

May 4, 2023 At Starbucks regional headquarters in Manhattan on May 1, staff were setting up an office pizza party when they heard a chant coming from the hallway of their fifteenth floor glass-enclosed office.

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Workers at Massapequa, Wantagh Starbucks stores go on strike | Long Island News 12

March 28, 2023 Organizers told News 12 that workers at the Massapequa location were striking due to understaffing and problems with the mobile ordering system.

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Starbucks Union to Greet New CEO Narasimhan With 100-Cafe Strike | Bloomberg

March 22, 2023 Unionized Starbucks Corp. baristas plan to welcome their new chief executive officer with strikes at about 100 cafes Wednesday, demanding that the company drop its alleged antiunion coercion.

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Starbucks reinstates fired NYC union organizer, agrees to pay $21K in backpay and fines | NY Daily News

February 28, 2023 A Starbucks barista fired after voting to unionize a Long Island City cafe has been rehired by the coffee company, which will also have to cough up $21,000 in backpay and penalties as part of a settlement for violating the city’s Fair Workweek Law.

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Lynbrook Starbucks Votes to Unionize, Celebrates With Rally Outside Store | Long Island Press

February 21, 2023 The Lynbrook Starbucks location voted 14-8 to unionize with Starbucks Workers United, a part of the Workers United New York-New Jersey Joint Board, announced on Tuesday. It is the fifth Starbucks store on Long Island to unionize.

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Sick at Starbucks | The Progressive

January 25, 2023 Amid a lack of COVID-19 protections, black mold, and bed bugs, Starbucks Workers United has been one of the only outlets for baristas’ safety complaints.

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Starbucks Reserve Roastery Workers in Chelsea End Weekslong Strike | THE CITY

December 12, 2022 Staff return to flagship Manhattan cafe after management pledges to clean ice machines weekly and agrees to a first union bargaining session.

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Starbucks workers strike across NYC, demand the company start bargaining | Gothamist

November 17, 2022 Workers at seven New York City Starbucks locations walked off the job Thursday as part of a nationwide strike among newly unionized stores, who demanded the company come to the bargaining table to discuss scheduling, staffing and other pressing issues.

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Starbucks Denied There’s Mold in the Ice Machine at Posh Manhattan Reserve Roastery. Food Safety Inspectors Found It | THE CITY

November 15, 2022 Chelsea store employees have been on strike since Oct. 25, following sightings of bedbugs in the breakroom in addition to that moldy ice.

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Maspeth Starbucks store becomes third Queens location to file petition for union | QNS

November 15, 2022 A Starbucks store in Maspeth has become the third location in Queens to file a petition for a union election with Workers United NY/NJ Joint Regional Board, the union representative of Starbucks Workers United.

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Workers at NYC Starbucks and Amazon Go store file petition to unionize | CNBC

October 28, 2022 Workers at the Starbucks and Amazon Go store in midtown Manhattan filed a petition for a union election on Friday. It’s the first Starbucks cafe that uses Amazon’s cashierless technology to try to unionize under Workers United and just the second of its kind.

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Wantagh Starbucks Latest Store to Unionize on Long Island | Long Island Press

September 7, 2022 Workers at the Wantagh Starbucks location voted 20-7 to unionize, Starbucks Workers United, the union under the New York-New Jersey Joint Regional Board, announced on Wednesday.

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First Starbucks on Staten Island votes to unionize | NY1

September 7, 2022 Employees of a Staten Island Starbucks store have voted to unionize, becoming the coffee chain’s first location in the borough to do so, Starbucks Works United said in a press release Wednesday.

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NYC files lawsuit against Starbucks for firing union-organizing barista in Astoria, Queens | The Daily News

September 2, 2022 Mayor Adams’ administration is suing Starbucks over allegations that the coffee corporation unlawfully fired a Queens barista who had been involved in unionization efforts — marking the first time the city has taken legal action under its landmark “just cause” labor law, the Daily News has learned.

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Labor Advocates Rally for Fired Starbucks Union Organizer in Great Neck Plaza | Long Island Press

August 16, 2022 Chants of “Rehire Joselyn!” rang loud Aug. 15 outside of Starbucks on Great Neck Road in Great Neck Plaza, from where former shift supervisor Joselyn Chuquillanqui was fired a few weeks earlier.

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'Starbucks fired me for being three minutes late' | BBC

August 15, 2022 Joselyn Chuquillanqui had worked for Starbucks for nearly seven years when the company fired her last month.

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The Fight to Unionize Starbucks in NYC is Heating Up | Hell Gate

August 1, 2022 “On June 30, we won our union election. On July 5, they fired me,” former Starbucks barista Austin Locke said late last month. We were standing under the subway tracks in Astoria, a few yards away from the store on 31st Street and Ditmars Boulevard where he had worked for three of his six years at the company.

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Farmingville Starbucks becomes latest LI store to unionize | Long Island Business News

July 26, 2022 Employees at a Starbucks store in Farmingville have voted to unionize. The workers at the store on North Ocean Avenue voted 13-1 to join the growing Starbucks Workers United labor organization, according to a statement from the union. 

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NYC labor unions demand reinstatement of fired Starbucks organizer | Liberation News

July 23, 2022 On July 22, over a hundred workers, community members and labor activists rallied in front of the Starbucks at Ditmars Blvd and 31st Street in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, New York City to protest the wrongful termination of Austin Locke, a worker who was recently fired by the coffee chain for union activity.

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Ditmars Boulevard Starbucks celebrates becoming second Queens store to unionize | QNS

July 1, 2022 The Ditmars Boulevard and 31st Street Starbucks recently voted to unionize, making it the second Queens location to do so. Workers voted seven to four in favor of unionizing with Starbucks Workers United (SBWU). The total number of unionized stores is 176 and growing.

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Why Starbucks Workers Had To Wait Six Months To Get Help From The US Labor Board | New York Focus

May 17, 2022 Buffalo workers were the first to unionize - but labor law went unenforced during their elections.

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New York's nail salon workers have spent years feeling silenced. They're ready to fight back | 19th News

May 16, 2022 Nail salon workers are still fighting to get paid minimum wage, and that may mean banding together to overhaul the entire industry.

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The year workers said 'no' | Business Insider

May 15, 2022 The year workers said "no" to what they viewed as low wages and poor conditions began last April when Americans walked off the job in an ...

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Starbucks Baristas Are Unionizing, and Even Howard Schultz Can’t Make Them Stop | Bloomberg

May 12, 2022 The return of the company’s longtime CEO hasn’t slowed the workers, who are inspiring activists at Amazon and showing the extent of labor’s new power.

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A Starbucks union worker who met with President Biden called it 'a really proud moment.' Her employer was 'deeply concerned' no company rep was invited | Business Insider

May 11, 2022 Last week, six union organizers met with the Labor Secretary, Vice President, and President at the White House. One of them was Laura Garza, a Starbucks partner at the Chelsea roastery in New York City.

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Starbucks’ union battle is getting aggressive and expensive, and Wall Street is backing away | CNBC

April 21, 2022 Starbucks risks its long-held reputation as a progressive company the longer it battles union efforts.

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Workers at Nanuet Starbucks file a petition to unionize | News 12 Hudson Valley

April 20, 2022 A Starbucks in Nanuet has become part of a growing list of locations nationwide pushing to unionize.

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Another Long Island Starbucks Files to Unionize, Joining More Than 200 Nationwide | Long Island Press

April 14, 2022 The Starbucks in The Gallery at Westbury on Thursday joined a growing list of locations that have filed a petition to unionize, according to Starbucks Workers United, a division of the Workers United NY/NJ Regional Joint Board.

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Flagship New York City Starbucks votes to unionize | NY1

April 4, 2022 Starbucks’ flagship store in New York City, a “Reserve Roastery” located in Chelsea, has officially voted to unionize, making it the first Starbucks in the city to do so and the tenth store nationwide.

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Astoria Starbucks Workers Seek To Unionize, Joining Trend | The Patch

March 18, 2022 The employees at an Astoria Starbucks shop have filed to form a union, they announced Friday, part of a nationwide trend that has swept dozens of the company's cafes.

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Starbucks union push adds second Long Island location | Newsday

February 15, 2022 A second Long Island Starbucks has joined dozens of others across the country in a push for unionization. Employees at the Massapequa Village Square Starbucks at 4301 Merrick Rd. have signed and submitted union cards to the National Labor Relations Board seeking to hold a union vote.

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Starbucks workers in the New York City area seek to unionize | The New York Times

February 10, 2022 Union efforts that began late last year at three Starbucks locations in Buffalo have spread across the country, and now they have landed in New York.

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