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Starbucks in Chicoutimi, Que., unionizes – a first for the province, says CSN

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November 27, 2023
By Talent Canada

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A Starbucks location in Chicoutimi, Que., has unionized — that first time that has happened in the province, according to the Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN) union.

On Nov. 23, the Administrative Labour Tribunal (TAT) granted certification to the  Syndicat des employé-es de la restauration – CSN for the Starbucks located at 1331 Boulevard Talbot, in Chicoutimi.

“As happens all too often with multibillionaire global corporations, anti-union practices are almost a feature of Starbucks’ brand identity,” said Caroline Senneville, CSN president.

“The company is infamous for its relentless efforts, around the world, to prevent workers from asserting their rights and even their freedom of expression! Today’s victory therefore resonates far beyond Quebec and Canada. The Chicoutimi employees are no longer alone against their employer—they can now count on the strength and solidarity of their 330,000 fellow workers across the country.”


The application for certification for the approximately 30 workers was filed July 19 for the franchise owned by Group D Resto that opened in 2018, according to the CSN.

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