Periodically, I release a report on the Starbucks unionization drive (May 2022, June 2022, July 2022). In past reports, I have relied upon data from the NLRB and More Perfect Union. But in preparing this report, I found that the NLRB data has fully caught up with the More Perfect Union data and so I am relying solely on the NLRB data.

Union Elections and ULP Charges

The Starbucks Union has been filing a steady stream of unfair labor practice charges against Starbucks starting around the end of March of this year. On the average month between April and September, the union filed 43 ULP charges, more than one per day. The charges generally allege that Starbucks has engaged in retaliation against workers attempting to unionize.

In October, the Starbucks Union filed 95 ULP charges against Starbucks, more than three per day.

By the end of October, the Starbucks Union had filed 368 union election petitions. The NLRB had conducted 322 such elections, with the union winning 260 of them, which is an 81 percent win rate. The average unit size at a unionized Starbucks store is 26 workers, meaning that the Starbucks Union currently covers around 6,775 workers.

Across the 322 elections, the Starbucks Union has won 72 percent of the votes cast. Although the rate of election filings and election victories has slowed down, the win rate for elections that are run has held steady at 70 to 80 percent.

At present, there are 19 open election petitions for Starbucks locations that the NLRB has not yet run an election for. Based on the win rate and average unit sizes of prior elections, these 19 elections will result in about 15 union victories and 400 additional unionized Starbucks workers. Adding these elections and workers to the totals above brings the current likely size of the Starbucks Union to 7,175 workers across 275 Starbucks locations.

The Starbucks Union led a spike in union election filings earlier this year. Although election filings remain elevated relative to 2021, the decline in both Starbucks and non-Starbucks election filings has pushed the election-filing trend back down.


By the end of October, the Starbucks Union had won elections in 171 cities across 35 states.

CityUnionized Starbucks Stores
Portland, OR10
Pittsburgh, PA9
Seattle, WA9
Chicago, IL7
Eugene, OR7
Philadelphia, PA6
Richmond, VA6
Ann Arbor, MI5
Boston, MA4
San Antonio, TX4
Denver, CO4
Albany, NY3
Los Angeles, CA3
Cleveland, OH3
St. Louis, MO3
Amherst, NY3
Ithaca, NY3
Louisville, KY2
Bellingham, WA2
Atlanta, GA2
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
Rochester, NY2
Buffalo, NY2
Mesa, AZ2
Scottsboro, AL1
Birmingham, AL1
Tucson, AZ1
Phoenix, AZ1
Avondale, AZ1
Santa Clara, CA1
Santa Maria, CA1
Berkeley, CA1
San Francisco, CA1
Riverside, CA1
Barstow, CA1
Huntington Beach, CA1
La Quinta, CA1
Capitola, CA1
Lakewood, CA1
Long Beach, CA1
Greeley, CO1
Louisville, CO1
Vernon, CT1
West Hartford, CT1
Washington, DC1
Oviedo, FL1
Miami Springs, FL1
Augusta, GA1
Carbondale, IL1
Rockford, IL1
Cary, IL1
Peoria, IL1
Clarksville, IN1
Wichita, KS1
Lawrence, KS1
Overland Park, KS1
New Orleans, LA1
Cambridge, MA1
Gardner, MA1
Worcester, MA1
Westford, MA1
Waban, MA1
Brighton, MA1
Watertown, MA1
Allston, MA1
Bel Air, MD1
Stevensville, MD1
Nottingham, MD1
Olney, MD1
Linthicum Heights, MD1
Baltimore, MD1
Portland, ME1
Biddeford, ME1
Bloomfield, MI1
Mount Pleasant, MI1
Clinton Township, MI1
East Lansing, MI1
Lansing, MI1
Flint, MI1
Grand Rapids, MI1
Roseville, MN1
Edina, MN1
Bloomington, MN1
St. Anthony, MN1
Minneapolis, MN1
St. Paul, MN1
Springfield, MO1
Richmond Heights, MO1
Valley Park, MO1
Kansas City, MO1
Independence, MO1
Wilmington, NC1
Boone, NC1
Montclair, NJ1
Summit, NJ1
Hamilton, NJ1
Hopewell (Township), NJ1
Albuquerque, NM1
Victor, NY1
Staten Island, NY1
Wantagh, NY1
East Greenbush, NY1
Vestal, NY1
Clifton Park, NY1
Malta, NY1
Niskayuna, NY1
Farmingville, NY1
East Amherst, NY1
Queens, NY1
Garden City, NY1
Astoria, NY1
Nanuet, NY1
Latham, NY1
Massapequa, NY1
Depew, NY1
Hamburg (Town), NY1
Westlake, OH1
Cleveland Heights, OH1
Westerville, OH1
Cincinnati, OH1
Columbus, OH1
Nichols Hills, OK1
Springfield, OR1
Salem, OR1
Happy Valley, OR1
Gresham, OR1
Easton, PA1
Allison Park, PA1
McMurray, PA1
Greensburg, PA1
Anderson, SC1
Columbia, SC1
Greenville, SC1
Alcoa, TN1
Memphis, TN1
Denison, TX1
Houston, TX1
New Braunfels, TX1
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
North Bend, WA1
Marysville, WA1
Tumwater, WA1
Everett, WA1
Olympia, WA1
Madison, WI1
Appleton, WI1
Plover, WI1
Oak Creek, WI1

For most of the campaign, Seattle has topped the list with the most unionized Starbucks stores. But now Portland and Pittsburgh have pulled ahead of Seattle.