Missoula Starbucks anticipates first union election in Montana

A Missoula Starbucks store might soon be the first Starbucks to unionize in Montana with an election next week. However, union organizers allege Starbucks stalled as the date approaches.

Workers filed a petition to the National Labor Relations Board to unionize at Starbucks on Brooks Street and Central Avenue on May 20. Up until Friday, union organizers have been uncertain of the date for the election that would certify the union. The corporation challenged the terms of an agreement that has previously been used for the growing hundreds of unionized Starbucks across the nation.

Starbucks employees at the Brooks location in Missoula are looking to unionize soon.


“It’s a delay tactic,” said Jacob Welsh, a Starbucks Workers United member representing the employees trying to organize at the store. “They (Starbucks) have agreed to these terms hundreds of times. Especially when organizing starts to break out in new regions, they become really innovative.”

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