Employees at Olney Starbucks Vote to Join Union

by Patrick Herron

On Friday, May 20, employees of the Starbucks at 16806 Georgia Ave in Olney voted 9-4 in favor of unionizing, according to a tweet by Starbucks Workers United.  In April, employees of the store sent a letter to Starbucks President Howard Schultz announcing their intention to unionize, saying they had attempted on numerous occasions to communicate with management regarding their grievances but believe their concerns fell on deaf ears. The letter went on to say that the employees had, “grown increasingly exhausted and stressed, not to mention faced with constant, inconsistently enforced changes.”

Olney is the third Maryland Starbucks location to unionize, joining stores in Baltimore and Linthicum Heights. On Friday Council Vice-President Evan Glass tweeted support for the Olney Starbuck’s, saying he was “really proud that the Starbucks on Georgia Ave in Olney is officially the first Starbucks in Montgomery County and 3rd in Maryland to unionize. Stopped by today to support the workers as they voted. Congrats and thank you.”

Feature photo courtesy of Google maps.


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