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Lethbridge Starbucks workers approved for union vote

The Alberta Labour Relations Board has approved the request for Lethbridge Starbucks workers to vote on whether to unionize. Voting closes on 15 July 2022.

Back in May, the United Steelworkers filed an application with the Alberta Labour Relations Board for a union certification vote on behalf of workers at 5 Starbucks locations in Lethbridge.

The stores employ about 115 workers.

The ALRB held a hearing for the store on 20 June 2022 regarding the application.

I reached out to the Starbucks workers earlier this week to follow up on the hearing. The workers reported that the ALRB approved the application at the hearing.

The application approval paves the way for the workers to vote whether to join the USW and become unionized workplaces.

According to the workers I talked to, workers are already casting their ballots, and those ballots are due by the 15th of July.

Results should be made public shortly after that, as it shouldn’t take long to verify the ballots for 115 workers, assuming everyone submits a ballot.

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By Kim Siever

Kim Siever is an independent journalist based in Lethbridge, Alberta. He writes daily news stories, focusing on politics and labour.

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