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Tally Starbucks first in state to unionize

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Employees at a Starbucks in Tallahassee are making history, voting 16-1 yesterday to unionize.

This is the first Starbucks in Florida to do so.

One employee at the Magnolia store says he is “so proud and he can’t believe this is real.”

The first company-operated Starbucks store voted to unionize in December.

Since then, about 46 stores have voted to unionize, with five voting against.

Overall, 237 company-owned stores have filed petitions with the National Labor Relations Board so far.

Starbucks is reporting quarterly earnings rise by over 14%.

So Starbucks interim CEO Howard Schultz says employees will be getting new pay raises, $17 dollars an hour, and benefits, but not at stores that are unionizing.