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Transit Commons Starbucks votes to unionize

The Transit Commons location is the eighth store to unionize in Western New York.

EAST AMHERST, N.Y. — Another Western New York Starbucks has officially unionized.

Starbucks Workers United announced Monday that the employees at the Transit Commons location voted 11-1 in the union election, becoming the eighth store in Western New York to do so.

The union says workers at the Buffalo store have been trying to hold the election since last September but were delayed by union-busting tactics and other administrative hurdles.

“After many long months of union busting, shake-ups, unfair policy enforcement, and turnover, the likes of which we’ve never seen, it’s amazing to join so many other stores around the country in the fight to be treated fairly by the company we love," says Michael Sanabria, a worker at the Transits Common store.

This comes as Starbucks and the National Labor Relations Board head to court this week for over 200 alleged violations of federal labor law committed in an attempt to interfere with the unionization efforts at stores  in Western New York across the country.

The Elmwood and Genesee stores became the first stores to unionize in the United States last December.

The labor union will also beholding re-elections for the Walden and Anderson locations on Friday. 

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