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The Associated Press reports that "Starbucks says it will negotiate in good faith with workers at the first store to unionize in the company’s 50-year history.

"In a letter sent to all U.S. employees Rossann Williams, an executive vice president, said Starbucks never favored unionization and still prefers to speak directly to employees, but respects the legal process and wants to work with those in Buffalo who voted in favor of union representation."

Workers at a single Buffalo, New York, store voted to unionize a couple of weeks ago, opening up the possibility that other workers in other stores in other locations could opt for unionization.

KC's View:

I don't mean to make light of this, but what choice does Starbucks really have?

I suppose it could close stores that get unionized, but that would sort of be off-brand.  Not a good idea.

Better to negotiate in good faith and make job one creating such an improved work culture that union decertification votes start being discussed within the workforce.