Oak Creek Starbucks employees choose union, first in Wisconsin

By: - April 27, 2022 4:57 pm
A Starbucks Coffee location in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Isiah Holmes | Wisconsin Examiner

Employees at a Starbucks outlet in Oak Creek voted 15-8 to be represented by Starbucks Workers United, the union announced Wednesday after the ballots were tallied.

The store is the first of seven Starbucks locations in Wisconsin to hold a union representation election. Employees have organized at three other outlets with Starbucks Workers United, a unit of Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

Workers at more than 200 Starbucks locations in the U.S. have filed petitions for elections with the National Labor Relations Board with Starbucks Workers United, according to the union. 

Ballots are to be counted next week in the union election at a Starbucks store in Plover, and elections are pending for employees at locations in Madison and Appleton.

At three other Starbucks locations, all in Dane County, employees have signed with the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW), which is now seeking representation votes at those stores. The UFCW represents grocery store workers as well as other businesses in Wisconsin and nationally. 


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Erik Gunn
Erik Gunn

Deputy Editor Erik Gunn reports and writes on work and the economy, health policy and related subjects, for the Wisconsin Examiner. He spent 24 years as a freelance writer for Milwaukee Magazine, Isthmus, The Progressive, BNA Inc., and other publications, winning awards for investigative reporting, feature writing, beat coverage, business writing, and commentary. An East Coast native, he previously covered labor for The Milwaukee Journal after reporting for newspapers in upstate New York and northern Illinois. He's a graduate of Beloit College (English Comp.) and the Columbia School of Journalism. Off hours he is the Examiner's resident Springsteen and Jackson Browne fanboy and model railroad nerd.