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Unionized Starbucks stores face hard work of bargaining

FILE – Starbucks employees and supporters react as votes are read during a union-election watch party on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, in Buffalo, N.Y.  It’s become a common sight: jubilant Starbucks workers celebrating after successful votes to unionize at dozens of U.S. stores. But when the celebrations die down, a daunting hurdle remains. To win the changes they seek, like better pay and more reliable schedules, unionized stores must sit down with Starbucks and negotiate a contract. It’s a painstaking process that can take years.  (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex, File) NYBZ803

Negotiating a contract can take years. And U.S. labor law doesn’t set a deadline for agreeing to a contract — or even require that an agreement be reached. VIEW

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