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•  The Oregonian reports that "employees at four Starbucks coffee shops in Portland voted to unionize Tuesday, delivering a handful of wins to the store-by-store campaign to organize the Fortune 500 coffee chain.  The locations are the first in Portland to vote to form unions … The union wins bring the number of organized company-owned stores to 75 nationwide, according to Starbucks Workers United, a labor union affiliated with the Service Employees International Union."