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Starbucks will undergo a massive change in its governance structure after employees at just one store in Buffalo, New York, voted for union representation.

An independent vote was held by employees and voted overwhelmingly in favor of having a union represent them. It’s only the first store, but this is a bigger test for labor unions than you might think.

Following a vote by Starbucks employees in Buffalo to unionize, the coffee giant announces its focus will be on a fair, affordable and respectful transition for its employees.

“Starbucks is committed to the long-term success of our employees and treating all of our partners (employees) fairly, respectfully and with dignity and respect,” said Starbucks Chief Executive Officer Kevin Johnson. “As the global leader in coffee, we strive to offer our partners opportunities for advancement, so that they can realize their own personal and professional potential, both now and for many years to come. This vote by our partners reflects the commitment Starbucks has made to our partnership and to building a strong, mutually rewarding business.”

Johnson said the company is committed to its partners and is moving forward on other issues such as human resources and respecting and advocating for its partners in the workplace.

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