Church Street Starbucks In Montclair Unionizes

Montclair’s Starbucks at Church and South Park Streets became the fourth Starbucks in New Jersey to unionize. Montclair Church Street SBUX Workers United announced the news on Twitter Wednesday:

“It is with a full and excited heart that we can shout to the rooftops, “WE DID IT!” We have finally unionized our store and we want to stop to appreciate all the hard work from the baristas here as well as our support system and solidarity from others❤️ we truly appreciate it.”

Councilor at Large Bob Russo, who had previously met with the workers, visited with union members after the vote to celebrate.

“I swapped shirts w Starbucks Workers Union leader James Cruz,” said Russo, who is also vice president of the American Federation of Teachers New Jersey and a Montclair State Adjunct Union Faculty Treasurer.

Starbucks workers in downtown Montclair, with support from Starbucks Workers United, began their union campaign earlier this summer, sharing a letter on Twitter describing workplace challenges at 40 South Park that include “understaffing, poorly working equipment and improper training” as well as fears that job security is at risk if worker complain about these conditions.

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