Succasunna Starbucks workers vote to unionize; 5th store in N.J. to do so

The exterior of the Starbucks, open for both walk-in and drive-thru customers. (Courtesy photo)

With a 17-4 vote, workers at the Succasunna Starbucks store voted to unionize,
making it the fifth store in the state to do so.

The store, located in Morris County at 401 Route 10, is in the Succasunna and Ledgewood sections of Roxbury Township.

Under the leadership of Starbucks Workers United, four other locations in New Jersey have also unionized, including: Hopewell, Hamilton, Summit and Montclair.

Starbucks Workers United, formed by Starbucks workers, has taken the labor movement by storm. Since December 2021, over 8,000 workers in 320 Starbucks stores in 38 states and the District of Columbia have successfully unionized, making it the company with more new unions than any in the 21st century.

“Congratulations to the Succasunna Starbucks workers and partners; we commend their efforts in calling the Starbucks company to begin bargaining in good faith,” Albert Arroyo, co-manager of laundry, distribution and food service joint board, Workers United, SEIU, said. “We support their cause and encourage the public and legislators to join us in the unionizing of Starbucks workers.”

Starbucks partners at unionized New Jersey shops request quality training and quality health care benefits, consistent scheduling and protection of benefits.

“We have survived understaffing and illegal union-busting practices from our ever-changing managers, (and) our success this week ensures that our voices will be heard, and our workplace environment will be a welcoming one. Cannot wait to see what we can accomplish in the future,” Rouen Nelson, Succasunna Starbucks worker, said.