Roanoke Starbucks Unionizes In Unanimous Vote, Becoming First Such Store In Southwest Virginia

Employees of The Bridges Roanoke store this week voted 14-0 to join the Workers United union.

Baristas Callie Cabaniss and Walker Patterson at The Bridges Roanoke Starbucks on the day the store voted 14-0 to unionize. PHOTO BY HENRI GENDREAU FOR THE ROANOKE RAMBLER

A Roanoke Starbucks has become the coffee chain’s first store in Southwest Virginia to unionize.

Employees of The Bridges Roanoke store voted unanimously, 14-0, to join the Workers United union, according to a count of ballots held Monday over Zoom by the National Labor Relations Board. There were 23 baristas and supervisors eligible to vote in the election.

The store — located in the heart of the Virginia Tech Carilion innovation corridor off Jefferson Street — joins a nationwide movement toward unionization that began in December when a Starbucks in Buffalo, New York won a union election.