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Apache Mall Rochester Starbucks workers want to unionize

Starbucks Workers United, an affiliate of Service Employees International Union, sent out a statement on Wednesday evening saying the hourly Starbucks coffee shop workers by Rochester’s Apache Mall want to unionize.

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The standalone shop at 1240 12th St SW was built and opened in recent years. It is one of three Starbucks in Rochester.
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ROCHESTER — The hourly Starbucks coffee shop workers by Rochester’s Apache Mall want to unionize like their counterparts in more than 100 locations, including three in Minnesota.

Starbucks Workers United, an affiliate of Service Employees International Union (SEIU), sent out a statement Wednesday evening.

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“An overwhelming majority of workers at the store signed union authorization cards” late Wednesday afternoon to demand union recognition from Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and the local management, according to the statement.

The standalone shop at 1240 12th St. SW was built and opened in recent years. It is one of three Starbucks stores in Rochester. It is unknown how many people work at the 12th Street location.

A letter signed by some of the Rochester employees was emailed to the CEO, according to the statement.

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The letter stated, “We are organizing a union, which we believe will bring out the best in both our store and our company. We believe that all partners should be heard and their voices should have the power to make real changes in our store.”

Jeff Kiger tracks business action in Rochester and southeastern Minnesota every day in "Heard on the Street." Send tips to jkiger@postbulletin.com or via Twitter to @whereskiger . You can call him at 507-285-7798.

Jeff Kiger writes a daily column, "Heard on the Street," in addition to writing articles about local businesses, Mayo Clinic, IBM, Hormel Foods, Crenlo and others. He has worked in Rochester for the Post Bulletin since 1999. Readers can reach Jeff at 507-285-7798 or jkiger@postbulletin.com.
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