O’Fallon Starbucks baristas win union election as national drive shifts into next gear

O’Fallon, IL — Baristas at the Greenmount and Interstate 64 Starbucks here have voted to join Starbucks Workers United – joining eight other St. Louis-area stores.

By a vote of 10-to-six, partners at the store, located at 1126 Central Park Drive, joined Starbucks Workers United at a key moment, with the coffee giant signaling seriousness in reaching a first contract with unionized baristas in one of the most rapidly growing organizing campaigns in modern history. 

“We are super optimistic about the future of our store, and the future of the Labor Movement in general,” Jaxin Olliff, who has worked at the O’Fallon Starbucks for a year and a half. “I’m extremely proud of our team, and so thankful to the wide array of local community members who went out of their way to support us in our union fight. We are courageously exercising the power of the people and doing our part for the future of the Labor Movement.”

Other St. Louis-area Starbucks stores that have joined the union include:

  • Grand and Sydney Street in St. Louis.
  • Highway 141 and Interstate 44 in Valley Park, Mo..
  • Page Avenue and Ball Drive in Maryland Heights, Mo.
  • Gravois Avenue and Rock Hill Road in Affton, Mo..
  • Lindbergh Boulevard and Clayton Road in Ladue, Mo..
  • Hanley Road and Dale Avenue in Richmond Heights, Mo.
  • Hampton and Wise avenues in St. Louis.
  • Kingshighway Boulevard and Chippewa Street in St. Louis.

The O’Fallon partners join a quickly expanding nationwide movement of baristas joining together to win a first contract that gives them justice at work, including protections on core issues like respect, living wages, racial and gender equity and fair scheduling.

In February, unionized Starbucks workers reached an agreement with the company to begin discussions to reach a foundational framework for collective bargaining agreements for represented stores and partners.

Starbucks’ recent commitment to its unionized workforce is a major shift, as Starbucks had engaged in illegal union-busting tactics and refused to negotiate. In more than 50 separate decisions, federal administrative law judges have found that Starbucks has committed more than 400 violations of federal Labor law, including dozens of unlawful firings, refusing to bargain, and unlawfully providing non-union workers higher wages and better benefits than workers who voted to form a union.

Since December 2021, more than 400 Starbucks stores in 42 states and the District of Columbia have successfully unionized — more than any other company in the 21st Century, as Starbucks Workers United has taken the industry and world by storm.

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