(WIVB) – Workers at three local Starbucks are brewing up a push to unionize.

The locations are Camp Road in Hamburg, Genesee Street in Cheektowaga, and Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo.

The organization “Starbucks Workers United” says workers filed petitions with the National Labor Relations Board to hold union elections.

If the push is successful, the organization says the three stores would become the only Starbucks retail workers out of 8,000 U.S. Starbucks stores to be represented by a union.

Starbucks has released a statement on this matter:

“Our success is built on a long history of direct engagement and support for the well-being of our now more than 400,000 partners around the world, and we proudly create the space and open forums for open and honest conversation as it relates to establishing and maintaining a great work environment. We will continue to empower our partners to constructively use their voice, and our local leaders to listen to and address directly the concerns of our partners.”

“While Starbucks respects the free choice of our partners, we firmly believe that our work environment, coupled with our competitive compensation and benefits, makes unions unnecessary at Starbucks. We respect our partners’ right to organize but believe that they would not find it necessary given our pro-partner environment.”


Kaley Lynch is a digital reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2017. See more of her work here.