Starbucks employees at a West Little Rock store (11121 N. Rodney Parham Road) have voted 12-2 to join Starbucks Workers United, the union announced Wednesday in a press release. Over 10,000 Starbucks employees and 410 stores nationwide have unionized over the past three years, the release says. 

Advertisement

The release included a quote from Lyra Jackson, an employee at the Rodney Parham store for over a year. “Winning our election was the most empowered I’ve ever felt in a workplace,” she said. “I am so excited to see this movement continue to grow, and I’m hopeful that the upcoming negotiations with Starbucks will be the beginning of meaningful change.”

Arkansas Times Editor Emeritus Max Brantley posted the news to X (formerly Twitter) this morning.

Advertisement

Starbucks employees at a Fayetteville location at Wedington Drive and North Salem Road became the first in Arkansas to join the union in November 2022. The first successful Starbucks union was formed in Buffalo, New York, in December 2021.

Advertisement

Invest in the future of great journalism in Arkansas

Join the ranks of the 63,000 Facebook followers, 58,000 Twitter followers, 35,000 Arkansas blog followers, and 70,000 daily email blasts who know that the Arkansas Times is the go-to source for tough, determined, and feisty journalism that holds the powerful accountable. For 50 years, our progressive, alternative newspaper in Little Rock has been on the front lines of the fight for truth, and with your support, we can do even more. By subscribing or donating to the Arkansas Times, you'll not only have access to all of our articles, but you'll also be helping us hire more writers and expand our coverage. Don't miss out on the opportunity to make a difference with your subscription or donation to the Arkansas Times today.

Previous article Arkansas opioid abatement efforts go mobile, both on wheels and via a new app Next article Second-year LEARNS voucher applicants to be notified of approvals in June