On December 9, 2021, nineteen Starbucks workers in Buffalo voted to unionize with Starbucks Workers United, an SEIU-affiliated union for Starbucks workers. In the next 365 days, 3,626 more Starbucks workers joined with the initial nineteen, resulting in 267 unionized Starbucks stores covering around 6,951 Starbucks employees.

The speed and success of the Starbucks unionization campaign has been astonishing. Last year, the Starbucks campaigners unionized a new store every 1.3 days. Over this period, the Starbucks union has accounted for 21 percent of all NLRB election victories.

For the anniversary of its first victory, I have compiled the following statistics about the ongoing union campaign.

Unfair Labor Practice Charges

Since January, the Starbucks Union has filed 548 unfair labor practice charges against Starbucks mostly alleging retaliation against workers for union activity.

Election Filings

In total, the Starbucks Union has filed for elections at 381 Starbucks locations. The rate of election filing was extremely rapid between February and May of this year, but has leveled off more recently.

Election Outcomes

The union has won 81 percent of the elections that have been run for a total of 267 election victories covering 6,951 Starbucks workers.

The union typically wins these elections by large margins. Across all elections that have been run — including wins and losses — the union has won 71 percent of votes cast.

Although the rate of elections being filed for has slowed down, the union’s rate of victory has held steady. The union won 80 percent of the last 20 elections run, just 1 point shy of its 81 percent win rate across all of the elections held so far.

At present, there are 17 elections that have been filed but not yet run. Based on its historical rate of success, the union should win 14 of these elections and add another 357 workers to its rolls, bringing its total to 281 stores covering 7,308 Starbucks employees.


The 267 unionized Starbucks locations are spread out across 36 states and 174 cities.

CityUnionized Starbucks Stores
Seattle, WA10
Portland, OR10
Pittsburgh, PA9
Philadelphia, PA7
Chicago, IL7
Eugene, OR7
Richmond, VA6
Boston, MA5
Ann Arbor, MI5
San Antonio, TX4
Denver, CO4
Bellingham, WA3
Albany, NY3
Los Angeles, CA3
Cleveland, OH3
St. Louis, MO3
Amherst, NY3
Ithaca, NY3
Louisville, KY2
Atlanta, GA2
Brooklyn, NY2
Anaheim, CA2
Oklahoma City, OK2
Austin, TX2
Brookline, MA2
Beaverton, OR2
Knoxville, TN2
Tallahassee, FL2
Santa Cruz, CA2
Jacksonville, FL2
New York, NY2
Buffalo, NY2
Rochester, NY2
Mesa, AZ2
Scottsboro, AL1
Birmingham, AL1
Fayetteville, AR1
Tucson, AZ1
Avondale, AZ1
Phoenix, AZ1
Santa Clara, CA1
Santa Maria, CA1
Berkeley, CA1
San Francisco, CA1
Riverside, CA1
Barstow, CA1
Huntington Beach, CA1
La Quinta, CA1
Capitola, CA1
Long Beach, CA1
Lakewood, CA1
Greeley, CO1
Colorado Springs, CO1
Louisville, CO1
Vernon, CT1
West Hartford, CT1
Washington, DC1
Oviedo, FL1
Miami Springs, FL1
Augusta, GA1
Elmhurst, IL1
Carbondale, IL1
Rockford, IL1
Peoria, IL1
Cary, IL1
Clarksville, IN1
Wichita, KS1
Lawrence, KS1
Overland Park, KS1
New Orleans, LA1
Cambridge, MA1
Gardner, MA1
Westford, MA1
Worcester, MA1
Waban, MA1
Brighton, MA1
Watertown, MA1
Allston, MA1
Stevensville, MD1
Nottingham, MD1
Bel Air, MD1
Olney, MD1
Linthicum Heights, MD1
Baltimore, MD1
Portland, ME1
Biddeford, ME1
Bloomfield, MI1
Mount Pleasant, MI1
East Lansing, MI1
Clinton Township, MI1
Lansing, MI1
Flint, MI1
Grand Rapids, MI1
Roseville, MN1
Edina, MN1
Bloomington, MN1
St. Anthony, MN1
Minneapolis, MN1
Springfield, MO1
Richmond Heights, MO1
Valley Park, MO1
Kansas City, MO1
Independence, MO1
Wilmington, NC1
Boone, NC1
Montclair, NJ1
Hamilton, NJ1
Summit, NJ1
Hopewell (Township), NJ1
Albuquerque, NM1
Victor, NY1
Wantagh, NY1
Staten Island, 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
Whitehall, PA1
Easton, PA1
Allison Park, PA1
McMurray, PA1
Greensburg, PA1
Anderson, SC1
Columbia, SC1
Greenville, SC1
Alcoa, TN1
Memphis, TN1
Shavano Park, TX1
Denison, TX1
Houston, TX1
New Braunfels, TX1
Dallas, TX1
Denton, TX1
Salt Lake City, UT1
Cottonwood Heights, UT1
Arlington, VA1
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

Presently, Seattle and Portland are tied at 10 for the city with the most unionized Starbucks locations.