A union at Portland’s Blue Star Donuts?

By DON McINTOSH 

The fledgling union Doughnut Workers United has requested a union certification election at Blue Star Donuts, a gourmet donut maker with six Portland-area locations. Blue Star, where a dozen donuts sell for $57.58, was founded by Katie Poppe in 2012 and took on Sortis Holdings as an investor when it emerged from a 2020 bankruptcy.

Doughnut Workers United formed in 2021 among workers at Voodoo Donuts. Voodoo workers voted 16-6 to unionize in 2022 but don’t yet have a union contract there.

The union asked the National Labor Relations Board Nov. 17 to hold an election among Blue Star’s 49 Portland-area employees. NLRB records say the company is represented by the corporate law firm Stoel Rives. No election date has been set as of yet.

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