How Starbucks Workers Won in Mesa

Saurav Sarkar

Labor Notes | March 05, 2022

Starbucks workers from a Mesa, Arizona store celebrated their union win alongside local members of Workers United’s Western States Regional Joint Board. Photo: WSRJB Workers United SEIU

Starbucks Workers United (SWU) won its third store election February 28 in Mesa, Arizona. The vote was an overwhelming 25-3, with three additional contested ballots, despite heavy anti-union pressure from the company and in a state with only 5.4 percent union density.

“We led with kindness and care and just did our jobs in the face of union-busting from upper management,” said shift supervisor Liz Alanna, who helped lead the effort. Shift supervisors coordinate the day-to-day running of a store but are eligible for union membership because they don’t have hiring and firing power.

The Mesa store at Powerline and Baseline Roads became the first U.S. company-run store outside Buffalo to be unionized in the recent organizing wave.

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U.S: STRIKE! Interview with Arizona teachers union leader

by Mark Gruenberg

People’s World | April 20, 2018

STRIKE! Interview with Arizona teachers union leader

Arizona teachers and education advocates march at the Arizona Capitol protesting low teacher pay and school funding, March 28, in Phoenix. | Ross D. Franklin / AP

PHOENIX—Pushed to anger by a decade of spending declines and a state school money offer both inadequate and unfunded, Arizona teachers and school support staffers voted by 78 percent-22 percent to strike statewide on April 26.

At least 57,000 educators and staffers cast paper ballots in the three days of statewide voting, Arizona Education Association President Joe Thomas announced just after 9 pm Pacific time on April 19.

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Arizona’s Primary Voting Fiasco Foretells Further Disenfranchisement in General Election

Common Dreams | 25 March, 2016

Following widespread disenfranchisement during Tuesday’s Democratic primary in Arizona, civil rights activists are warning that such debacles could be a harbinger of things to come during the general election in November.

“As we’ve seen in the Arizona and North Carolina primaries, the Shelby decision has ushered in a renaissance of voter disenfranchisement and Congress must step in to stop it before the general election,” stated Wade Henderson, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of national and international rights-defending organizations.Read More »