Starbucks stores in Long Beach, Lakewood, vote to join the union

Workers at two Southern California Starbucks locations, one in Lakewood and one in Long Beach, voted to join a union on Friday, bringing the total number of unionized Starbucks locations in California to four.

The votes have arrived days after Starbucks workers’ first union victories in California in two stores in Santa Cruz. They are part of a nationwide campaign to organize the coffee giant that has spread rapidly across the country over the past six months.

Twenty-four workers from the store near Candlewood Street and Lakewood Boulevard in Lakewood voted in favor of the union, with one against. At the Starbucks headquarters on Redondo Avenue and 7th Street in Long Beach, 13 workers voted unanimously to join the union.

Workers of the two shops they announced their intention to join the union on March 7, writing in open letters who felt overworked, understaffed and underpaid.

Starbucks did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The company tried to crack down on the organizing effort by telling staff that it prefers to address workplace concerns directly.