Fast-food workers narrowly reject union effort

NEW YORK, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Employees at 10 Jimmy John’s sandwich shops in the Minneapolis area narrowly voted against joining a union, dealing a blow to efforts to unionize workers at U.S. fast-food chains.

The employees voted 87 to 85 against becoming members of the Industrial Workers of the World, a union that has sought to unionize Starbucks SBUX.O stores in the past, with limited success. Two ballots were challenged. The results were announced by the National Labor Relations Board.

While results are final, the parties have seven days to file objections before the results are certified.

The New York Times reported the union would file objections, accusing management of unfair labor practices, to ask for a new vote.

Reporting by Phil Wahba; Editing by Sugita Katyal