Starbucks workers at two Boston sites seek to unionize, days after successful union vote at a Starbucks in Buffalo, New York, a first for the 50-year-old coffee retailer in the United States
GBH News reported on Monday that at least 36 of approximately 47 Starbucks employees had their names written on cards indicating that they wanted to form a union, according to members of the Workers United Labor Union organizing committee. This is the same union that is fighting to represent the workers of Buffalo.
A union representative said he filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board for the two Boston stores on Monday to advise workers were interested enough to organize. The stores are located in the Brookline and Allston areas of the city.
A Starbucks spokesperson, when asked to comment on Tuesday, referred to a letter from company CEO Kevin Johnson a week ago about moving forward together as “One Starbucks, built on the belief that partners (which he calls employees) are the heart of this business. . “
Wholesale price inflation breaks record 9.6%
Wholesale prices jumped a record 9.6% in November from a year earlier, an indication of lingering inflationary pressures.
The Labor Department said on Tuesday that its producer price index, which measures inflation before it reaches consumers, rose 0.8% in November after a monthly gain of 0.6% in October. It was the highest monthly reading in four months.
Food prices, which fell 0.3% in October, jumped 1.2% in November. Energy prices rose 2.6% after rising 5.3% in October.
The 12-month increase in wholesale inflation set a new record, breaking past 12-month highs of 8.6% set in September and October. The records for wholesale prices date back to 2010.