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Starbucks workers in West Hempstead narrowly vote to unionize

Victor Ocasio,
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Starbucks workers in West Hempstead voted 11-10 Thursday night to unionize, the latest in the chain's Long Island locations to join a national union push at the Seattle-based coffee giant.

Workers at the store, located at 580 Hempstead Tpke., voted after petitioning the National Labor Relations Board more than two weeks ago to hold an election. Workers there — "partners," in Starbucks lingo — are now part of Workers United New York New Jersey Regional Board, an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union.

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