At least 85 of Starbucks’ 9,000 company-operated stores in the United States have voted to unionized since December, and at least 10 stores have rejected unions, according to the NLRB.
At least 26 stores representing 7,244 workers have petitioned to hold elections, according to the Associated Press.
Just 5.8% of the workforce in Georgia is a member of a union, ranking 43rd among the states, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Earlier in the spring, a Starbucks store in Augusta was the first in Georgia to approve a union, but Howell Mill was the first to do so in metro Atlanta.
Approval of a union is, however, only one step toward achieving what the workers say they want. Their union now must negotiate a contract with the company, a process that can drag on for years.