Workers At Coffee Chain Vote Yes To Unionize

Coffee shop workers of the world, or at least Wisconsin, are uniting!

The Milwaukee Sentinel reports:

“Colectivo Coffee workers who want to form a union at the Milwaukee-based chain of cafes have won the election.

While the initial vote ended in a 99-99 tie this April, the National Labor Relations Board opened up challenged ballots Monday for another count. All seven of the contested ballots counted Monday were in favor of unionizing.

The final vote count was 106 to 99.

Once the votes are certified, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 494 will issue bargaining surveys and start developing the group’s first negotiated contract.

‘We are very proud of the workers at Colectivo Coffee,’ said Local 494 Business Manager Dean A. Warsh in a statement Monday. ‘They have taken a bold and necessary step toward ensuring that every employee has fair treatment and dignity in their work. Further, they have strengthened the bonds and created new friendships with workers at Colectivo worksites across state lines—developing a shared understanding and commitment to each other’s well-being. They put their hearts and soul into this organizing effort and left nothing on the field!’

Once formed, it is likely that the Colectivo union will be the largest cafe chain to organize in the country. ‘We are calling on Colectivo ownership to bargain in good faith with their employees once the election has been certified,’ Warsh said in the statement.”

For the rest of the story, visit the Milwaukee Sentinel here.

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