PENNINGTON — Workers at the Hopewell Starbucks are on strike this weekend after voting to become the first unionized location in New Jersey.

The picket line went up at the store on Route 31 on Saturday from 6 AM to 2 PM and again for the same time on Sunday.

Hailey Kenney, a barista at the store, said on social media that the strike's goal was to get better pay, benefits, and working conditions. She added it was a "last-minute decision."

A chalk board message at the Hopewell Starbucks. (Patrick Lavery)
A chalkboard message at the Hopewell Starbucks. (Patrick Lavery)

"We want a seat at the bargaining table so we can get a contract," Kenney said. "We can only do so much without one."

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Governor Phil Murphy supported the striking Starbucks workers on Twitter and said it should be a "wake-up call."

"They don't deserve unfair pay and slashed hours," Murphy said. "They deserve the ability to earn enough to take care of themselves and their loved ones."

Workers at the Hopewell Starbucks voted to unionize in late April. Three months later, they haven't received a date from the National Labor Relations Board.

Kenney told NJ Spotlight News that Starbucks is stalling.

"Now that we have our election and we won it, it seems like the next step is to delay our bargaining," Kenney said.

Two other Starbucks in Hamilton and Summit also voted to form a union following in the footsteps of Hopewell.

We have reached out to Starbucks for comment.

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