New Orleans Starbucks Baristas Win Union Election, As Nationwide Movement Grows

The St. Claude & Elysian Fields store becomes 4th store in Louisiana to win union, as historic effort gains momentum
New Orleans, LA — Starbucks workers continue to win union organizing victories in stores across the country, as workers at the St. Claude & Elysian Fields store overwhelmingly voted to join Starbucks Workers United. With a vote of 12-to-4, partners at the Sherwood store became the 4th store in Louisiana to join Starbucks Workers United in one of the most rapidly growing organizing campaigns in modern history.
The St. Claude & Elysian Fields partners join a quickly expanding national movement of more than 9,500 baristas organizing together for justice, fighting for improvements on core issues including respect, living wages, racial and gender equity, and fair scheduling. The historic organizing campaign, one of the most successful in decades, hinges on peer-to-peer organizing led by workers, for workers – and has won election after election in stores nationwide.
“The efforts and plans we strive for finally paid off,” said Julian Musay (he/him) , a two-year Starbucks barista. “This whole situation was a long time coming, and I’m happy with where we turned out.”
“Workers at our Starbucks fought hard to win this vote and will continue to fight until we get a contract and the pay, dignity, and safety we deserve,” continued Abbey Lodwig (they/them), a five-month shift supervisor at the St. Claude & Elysian Fields location.
Workers continue to organize and take direct action, recently winning essential changes to Starbucks mobile order policy after a massive “Red Cup Rebellion” with more than 5,000 Starbucks workers walking out at more than 150 locations across dozens of states. They are demanding Starbucks end illegal union-busting tactics and bargain in good faith with workers who voted to form a union. In more than three dozen separate decisions, federal administrative law judges have found that Starbucks has committed more than 300 violations of federal labor law, including 38 unlawful firings, refusing to bargain, and unlawfully providing non-union workers higher wages and better benefits than workers who voted to form a union.
Still, Starbucks union workers remain determined in their demand for fair pay and hours, safe working conditions, and a commitment to quality and culture that reflects the Starbucks brand they built.
Since December 2021, more than 390 Starbucks stores in 42 states and the District of Columbia have successfully unionized — more than any other company in the 21st Century, as Starbucks Workers United has taken the industry and world by storm. More victories are expected to be announced soon, as partners at stores across the country continue to come together to transform their jobs and their industry.

Partners with Starbucks Workers United are organizing to build a better Starbucks across America, and is affiliated with Workers United. To learn more, visit

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