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December 21, 2021

So far, two stores in Boston, a cafe in Mesa, Ariz., And three other stores in the Buffalo area have filed for election. This push for workers’ rights is likely to be challenged by the coffee chain, as Starbucks sent executives to the Buffalo store to intimidate baristas who sought to organize, CNBC adds. The company denies such claims, but workers filed a federal complaint in November, citing acts of intimidation and surveillance.

Regardless, the Buffalo union’s success is monumental, as only 1.2% of workers in food and beverage stores were union members in 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And the possibility of more unions in the Buffalo area is still open.

Another Buffalo cafe on Camp Road reportedly voted against unionization, although a branch of the Service Employees International Union says several ballots were missing. And ballots still need to be certified by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which CNBC says could take up to a week. The NLRB has yet to release a vote count for Genesee Street’s third cafe.

In one interview along with CNBC, Michelle Eisen, a Starbucks barista who works at the Elmwood location who voted to unionize, stressed the importance of this election. “With a union, we now have the ability to negotiate a contract that holds Starbucks accountable for being the company we know it can be, and gives us a real voice in our workplace.”

New York businesses weather supply chain crisis by buying locally

New York City businesses that have switched to sourcing locally have thrived during the pandemic, The New York Times reports.

Nanotronics, a science technology company in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, saw this firsthand, as pandemic shortages caused them to purchase items like tin from a company nearby in the Yard Complex. The shift to a dependence on local production has allowed the company to increase its customer base as competing companies that depend on overseas sourcing struggle to supply products.

Local court businesses are booming as this center leased an additional 300,000 square feet from other retailers. And Made in NYC, an initiative that supports local manufacturers, says more than 170 new members have joined their group as business owners seek to produce their items in the city rather than overseas.

This does not mean that local production does not bear other costs. “Other manufacturers make their products overseas, and that’s because it’s so expensive to build things in Brooklyn,” said Laura Fodera, part owner and general manager of a guitar maker in Industry City. .

Rising costs are lowering profit margins, although Fodera doesn’t seem to care. “Our customers know we’re different. We use the highest quality products, exotic woods, proprietary products, and all of our work is done in-house in Brooklyn.”

Study reaffirms that sports stadiums do little to stimulate the local economy

As Buffalo ponders whether to build a new football stadium for the Bills, the Investigative Post, an investigative news outlet in western New York, cited research showing that sports venues have a limited impact on local economies because they simply reorient the way leisure money is spent.

A new sports stadium for the Buffalo Bills, for example, would boost West New York’s economy as much as a single Target store, because they are only open a few games a year.

Michael Leeds, sports economist at Temple University, questioned the economic impact of stadiums when he studied the impact of sports stadiums in Chicago. “They really aren’t that big a company, but because they are such a part of the cultural fabric of a city, we don’t realize how small they are.”

Economists generally agree that sports venues will not generate the revenue needed to offset the public subsidies that paid for their construction. Although the construction of a new stadium will bring employment opportunities to the community, the long-term jobs created by the local stadiums are not guaranteed for the residents of the community, and the changes are not frequent enough to have. a substantial impact on people’s lives.

“Our perception of sport occupies a lot more attention and time than the pure finances of sport deserve,” said Leeds.

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