By CBSNewYork Team

BUFFALO, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Workers at a Starbucks in Buffalo, New York walked off the job in protest.

The employees said they’ve been short-staffed due to COVID and argued the company isn’t taking the Omicron variant seriously.

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About one-third of the store’s staff are reportedly out due to COVID-related issues.

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The workers said they won’t return until there are adequate staffing levels.

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In December, workers at the Buffalo location became the first in the country to vote to unionize.

CBSNewYork Team