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. 


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.


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.


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