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What to know about the week ahead

After Starbucks Labor news is on the agenda this week.

On Monday, the National Labor Relations Board will count the ballots cast by workers at the Starbucks store in Transit Commons in Amherst, to find out if they want to join a union.

Also on Monday, NLRB attorneys will take their case against Starbucks to an administrative judge at the Buffalo federal courthouse. The agency filed a lawsuit accusing the Seattle-based company of a wide range of labor rights violations and is seeking the reinstatement of seven Buffalo-area workers who were allegedly fired for their union activities. Starbucks has denied committing labor law violations.

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Starbucks Workers United members gathered outside a store in Amherst last year. Further counting and voting will take place this week. (Photo from News File)

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On Friday, the NLRB will hold a new election for workers at the Starbucks store at 1775 Walden Ave. in Cheektowaga. The outcome of the first election was undetermined and an NLRB official ordered a re-vote. This store caught the eye last year when Starbucks temporarily turned it into a training facility before converting it back into a store.

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It could be a few busy days of work at 10 For-Profit Nursing Homes in Western New York. Employees represented by 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East are planning labor strikes on Tuesday and Wednesday at the following nursing homes: Autumn View in Hamburg; Garden Gate at Cheektowaga; Northgate in North Tonawanda; Seneca Health Care Center in West Seneca; Green Manor Fiddler in Springville; Humboldt House Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Buffalo; Elderwood in Lockport; Elderwood in Williamsville; Newfane rehabilitation; and Gowanda Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

1199SEIU represents workers at the 10 facilities and has been negotiating new contracts for several months. The main problems revolve around the low wages of service workers and the lack of staff.

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The Buffalo Planning Council will meet on Monday for a possible final decision on Samuel Savarino’s proposed redevelopment of a former industrial site at 1 Howell St. into a new apartment building. Also on the panel program:

• Frank Burkhart is seeking a Special Use Permit to sell tobacco, vaping and hookah products at his Mr. Nice Guy store at 1239-1249 Hertel Ave.

• Ahmed Alokan Alkhoam is applying for a special use permit for the sale of tobacco, vaping and hookah at 1282 Clinton St., as part of a new clothing, gift and smoking room business, called 716 Sheba Express. Alkhoam, which has a delicatessen and take-out next door, will be tenants of the building.

• CMH Counseling, which has used a former residence at 153 West Utica St. as its offices since 1964, is requesting a rezoning of its property because the current Green Code category of “residential neighborhood” does not permit the current use. The family consultancy needs a change as they want to build a one-story addition at the back to provide a disabled-accessible entrance for clients.

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Buffalo Planning Council

Do you have a startup idea? Sign up for Pitch-In from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at Seneca One. Three early career founders will be selected to pitch their idea to an audience and get feedback.

To register for the pitch, register online for the event, then send your pitch deck, logo and request to [email protected] The event is free for those pitching and $5 for members of the public. To register, visit eventbrite.com/e/pitch-in-tickets-367048190017.

Individuals interested in participating on September 17 State University of New York Police Officer Civil Service Examination at University at Buffalo can attend information and test preparation sessions beginning this week at UB’s Buffalo Educational Opportunity Center (BEOC).

Prospective applicants should attend one of two in-person information sessions on Wednesday or Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Center, 555 Ellicott St., Buffalo.

To register, call BEOC at 716-645-8874, visit the BEOC website, or go to the UB News Center website and scan the QR code in the image.

Following the briefings, University Police and BEOC will host a series of test prep sessions that you can attend in person or remotely. Before participants can register for the test preparation sessions, they must first register for the September 17 civil service exam. The deadline to register for the exam is August 3. Registration and information can be found on the University Police website.

The test preparation sessions will take place:

Remotely (participants attend a two-day session):

• 18 and 19 July (6 p.m.-8 p.m.)

• 20 and 21 July (6 p.m.-8 p.m.)

• August 8 and 9 (6 p.m.-8 p.m.)

• August 10 and 11 (6 p.m.-8 p.m.)

• Sept. 7 and 8 (6 p.m.-8 p.m.)

• Sept. 12 and 13 (6 p.m.-8 p.m.)

In person at the BEOC (participants attend a session):

• July 23 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

• August 13 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

• September 10 (9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)

Businesses continue to address supply chain challenges, and a virtual meeting hosted by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership Manufacturing Council will explore strategies to overcome these barriers. The meeting will take place on Thursday at 8 o’clock. The panel will be moderated by Nallan Suresh, a professor at the University at Buffalo’s School of Management. It is free and open to members and non-members of the Partnership.

This newsletter from The Buffalo News will bring you the latest coverage on the changing economy of Buffalo Niagara – from real estate to healthcare to startups. Learn more at BuffaloNext.com.


Recent news related to the Buffalo Niagara economy

Child & Family Services of Buffalo wants to move one of its residential treatment centers to a back shed on its Delaware Avenue campus, allowing each of the children residing there to have their own room, instead of sharing rooms.

Two retailers in the Buffalo Niagara area, including one with four stores in the area, were ordered by the State Cannabis Management Office to stop the sale of unlicensed cannabis.

The new owner of the Jersey Street Fire Station on the West Side of Buffalo plans to convert the three-story brick building into apartments after a previous redevelopment proposal by another group faced neighborhood opposition.

Buffalo Transportation, a leading non-emergency medical transportation provider, was suspended 60 days by the state for violations reported by the State Department of Motor Vehicles. The suspension is set to be lifted on August 14, but in the meantime threatens to inconvenience clients who need transport to get to medical appointments.

The SUNY Erie Community College Board of Trustees held a special meeting Tuesday morning to approve a resolution supporting the elimination of 90 positions at the college in financial difficulty. The 90 job cuts will affect members of the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) who primarily hold part-time office positions at the ECC. The layoffs are a first round. ECC President David Balkin said the college will have to cut up to 150 total positions if a retirement incentive for eligible faculty and administrators that the county and ECC offered in April does not result in not enough voluntary retirements.

Buffalo Next reporters Jonathan D. Epstein, Jon Harris, Natalie Brophy, Matt Glynn, Janet Gramza and Mike Petro contributed to this roundup.


Three readings of Buffalo Next:

1. You may know Mr. Clean Magic Eraser as a popular stain remover. But did you know is it made in the Buffalo Niagara area, in a new plant on the old Bethlehem Steel site?

2. New apartments spring up in Western New York: From Elmwood Village and Allentown to South Buffalo and West Side, from Tonawanda and Amherst to Orchard Park and Hamburg, developers are constructing new apartment buildings or converting old industrial warehouses and offices.

3. How Community Developers Can Build Neighborhoods: With support from SAA-EVI and investments from two national nonprofits, passionate residents seek to transform neighborhoods from the bottom up – starting small, but dreaming big.

The Buffalo Next team gives you insight into the economic revitalization of the region. Advice by e-mail to [email protected] or contact Buffalo Next editor David Robinson at 716-849-4435.

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