Baristas at Park City-area Starbucks petition for union

The Kimball Junction Starbucks is now Utah’s sixth store to file for unionization.

(Connor Thomas | KPCW) 21 Starbucks stores from 14 states, including the Kimball Junction location above, announced petitions for union elections Feb. 20 in the largest single-day filing since Starbucks Workers United began in 2021.

As part of the largest single-day filing since Starbucks employees began unionizing in 2021, workers at Kimball Junction’s location have petitioned to join Starbucks Workers United.

The baristas at the location on Newpark Boulevard, next to World Market, were sporting union pins Feb. 20—their first day going public with the effort.

They’ve joined 20 Starbucks stores in 13 states to demand better working conditions. They say they see common problems around the country, such as inconsistent hours and short staffing.

Employee of 4 years Kaylee OGrady, a shift supervisor at Kimball Junction, told KPCW their store hit record sales last year, despite the staffing challenges.

“People don’t want to work in that [environment],” they said. “We have a hard time holding on to people.”

Putting more work in the hands of fewer people, employees wrote in an open letter to CEO Laxman Narasimhan, shows “a habit of prioritizing sales and profits over partner safety.”

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