A Starbucks store in Upper Kirby is officially the first location in the Houston area to unionize.
The workers at the Starbucks on Shepherd Drive and Harold Street location won their union election with a vote of 11-3 on Thursday, more than two months after they filed for an election back in July.
"I'm feeling very encouraged and empowered! [I'm] excited to show people just how much we are capable of," said Kiersten Kelly, a shift supervisor at the Shepherd and Harold store.
The Upper Kirby store is one of 12 in Texas to have filed for a union election with the Starbucks Workers United movement. It is the ninth store to win their election in the state.
"After today's victory I feel very proud, overjoyed and hopeful for our journey ahead," barista Jordyn Johnson told ABC13.
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