Every month, I release a report on the Starbucks unionization drive (see May 2022, June 2022) using data from the National Labor Relations Board supplemented by data from More Perfect Union. This is the report for July 2022.

Union Elections and ULP Charges

In July, the Starbucks Union filed 52 unfair labor practice (ULP) charges against Starbucks, bringing the total number of ULP charges to 276. These charges typically allege that Starbucks has engaged in retaliation of one sort or another.

The Starbucks Union won 23 union elections last month, which increased the size of the union by around 578 workers. At the end of July, the Starbucks Union had successfully organized 208 stores covering around 5,588 workers.

May 2022Jun 2022Jul 2022Current Total
Election Wins628023208
Workers Unionized1,5182,1105785,588
Election Filings462914338
Unfair Labor Practice Charges694052276

Also in July, the union filed for 14 new elections. Based on the current win rate and average unit size, these 14 stores will eventually yield around 11 victories covering 304 Starbucks workers.

At the end of July, there were 44 open election filings where an election had not yet been run. These 44 open elections should yield around 36 victories covering 957 Starbucks workers.

Overall, what the July data shows us is that the Starbucks union drive is slowing down. This was already apparent a few months ago when the rate of new elections being filed for began declining. But it took a few months for the election-filings decline to result in an election-victories decline because the NLRB was still working through a huge backlog of Starbucks elections that had been filed earlier this year. That backlog is mostly gone and so the rate of election victories is now constrained by the rate of election filings rather than the NLRB’s capacity to process the cases.

Of course, even with the decline, the rate of growth is still impressive. Prior to this year, nobody would have believed that a Starbucks union could organize a new store every few days. And yet that is what the Starbucks union did last month.


By the end of July, the Starbucks Union had won elections in 132 cities across 33 states.

CityUnionized Starbucks Stores
Seattle, WA9
Pittsburgh, PA8
Portland, OR8
Eugene, OR7
Richmond, VA6
Philadelphia, PA5
Ann Arbor, MI5
Boston, MA4
Chicago, IL4
Denver, CO4
Cleveland, OH3
St. Louis, MO3
Ithaca, NY3
Los Angeles, CA2
Bellingham, WA2
Atlanta, GA2
San Antonio, TX2
Brooklyn, NY2
Anaheim, CA2
Oklahoma City, OK2
Austin, TX2
Colorado Springs, CO2
Brookline, MA2
Beaverton, OR2
Knoxville, TN2
Tallahassee, FL2
Santa Cruz, CA2
Jacksonville, FL2
New York, NY2
Buffalo, NY2
Rochester, NY2
Mesa, AZ2
Amherst, NY2
Birmingham, AL1
Tucson, AZ1
Phoenix, AZ1
Avondale, AZ1
Barstow, CA1
Riverside, CA1
Huntington Beach, CA1
La Quinta, CA1
Capitola, CA1
Long Beach, CA1
Lakewood, CA1
Louisville, CO1
Vernon, CT1
West Hartford, CT1
Oviedo, FL1
Miami Springs, FL1
Augusta, GA1
Rockford, IL1
Peoria, IL1
Cary, IL1
Clarksville, IN1
Lawrence, KS1
Overland Park, KS1
Louisville, KY1
New Orleans, LA1
Cambridge, MA1
Gardner, MA1
Worcester, MA1
Westford, MA1
Waban, MA1
Brighton, MA1
Watertown, MA1
Allston, MA1
Olney, MD1
Nottingham, MD1
Stevensville, MD1
Linthicum Heights, MD1
Baltimore, MD1
Biddeford, ME1
Lansing, MI1
East Lansing, MI1
Clinton Township, MI1
Flint, MI1
Grand Rapids, MI1
Bloomington, MN1
St. Anthony, MN1
Minneapolis, MN1
St. Paul, MN1
Valley Park, MO1
Kansas City, MO1
Independence, MO1
Boone, NC1
Summit, NJ1
Hamilton, NJ1
Hopewell (Township), NJ1
Farmingville, NY1
East Amherst, NY1
Queens, NY1
Garden City, NY1
Albany, NY1
Astoria, NY1
Nanuet, NY1
Latham, NY1
Massapequa, NY1
Depew, NY1
Hamburg (Town), NY1
Cleveland Heights, OH1
Westerville, OH1
Cincinnati, OH1
Columbus, OH1
Nichols Hills, OK1
Gresham, OR1
Happy Valley, OR1
Greensburg, PA1
Anderson, SC1
Columbia, SC1
Greenville, SC1
Alcoa, TN1
Memphis, TN1
Dallas, TX1
Denton, TX1
Salt Lake City, UT1
Cottonwood Heights, UT1
Sterling, VA1
Roanoke, VA1
Leesburg, VA1
Newport News, VA1
Farmville, VA1
Falls Church, VA1
Midlothian, VA1
South Burlington, VT1
Marysville, WA1
Tumwater, WA1
Everett, WA1
Olympia, WA1
Madison, WI1
Appleton, WI1
Plover, WI1
Oak Creek, WI1

Seattle continues to lead the pack with 9 stores. The newest city to make the list, added on July 29, is Dallas, Texas.