Two California Starbucks stores merge in Santa Cruz

Workers at two Starbucks stores in Santa Cruz have joined the union, becoming the first stores in California to join the growing ranks of organized baristas and shift bosses of the coffee giant.

Workers at both Santa Cruz stores voted overwhelmingly in favor of joining the national union, called Workers United. Thirteen workers from the shop at the intersection of Ocean Street and Water Street voted in favor of the union, with one against. At the Mission and Dufour shop, 15 voted in favor and two against.

The victories, counted on Tuesday, boosted the momentum of a union campaign that went public in late August and reversed decades of failed attempts to form unions at Starbucks. They arrive as workers at more than 200 Starbucks stores have petitioned for union elections and some 50 stores have voted to join the national union Workers United since December.