ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Starbucks workers from the Stuyvesant Plaza location will be joined by Albany union leaders and elected officials for an unfair labor practice strike to protest Starbucks’ refusal to bargain with workers, according to Starbucks Workers United. This will be the first Albany Starbucks store to go on an unfair labor practice strike, joining other Starbucks workers across New York, including Rochester, Buffalo, and Ithaca.

“After a year of fighting for a contract, we are excited to be standing with our community and demanding that Starbucks come to the bargaining table in good faith,” said Alex Yeager, a Starbucks leader from Binghamton. “All we want is for Starbucks to hear what we, as baristas, face every day, and hold them accountable not only for our store, but for the 300 other union stores across the country.”

A spokesperson for Starbucks commented, “While we respect the right of our partners to engage in lawful union activities without fear of retaliation, inaccurate information shared by Workers United ignores the facts of the matter and distracts from efforts to move the good faith bargaining process forward—including the in-person bargaining session for our Stuyvesant Plaza store in Albany, occurring today.”