(Seattle, WA) -- Seattle-based Starbucks may be considering better benefits for non-union workers. The Wall Street Journal reports the exclusive benefits could be used to persuade baristas to not unionize.

CEO Howard Schultz reportedly told store leaders he's taking a look at the employee benefits program. However, federal labor law would make it illegal to offer the benefits to employees at unionized stores.

Close to 200 Starbucks company-owned locations have filed the paperwork to unionize in recent months. To date, 18 stores have voted to unionize under Workers United; one cafe voted against.

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