Peet’s Coffee Baristas Unionize First Cafe With Help from Starbucks Workers

“Solidarity, from espresso store to espresso store,” Starbucks Employees United wrote forward of the Peet’s union vote.

In a win for office democracy, workers at a Peet’s Espresso & Tea positioned in Davis, California shaped the chain’s first unionized store in the US on Friday.

Employees on the café voted 14-1 to affix Service Workers Worldwide Union (SEIU) Native 1021.

“We is not going to be the final,” tweeted Peet’s Employees United (PWU), which organized the successful unionization marketing campaign. PWU is the counterpart to Starbucks Employees United (SBWU), the outfit behind dozens of profitable union drives nationwide.

“Solidarity, from espresso store to espresso store,” SBWU wrote on social media forward of Friday’s vote at Peet’s. After PWU received, their Starbucks allies gave them a heat “welcome to the labor motion.”

SBWU organizer Tyler Keeling from Lakewood, California performed an instrumental position in PWU’s efforts, as detailed final week in Jacobin.

PWU expressed gratitude to Keeling earlier than and after the union vote.

In November, Peet’s employees at two areas in Davis filed for union elections with the Nationwide Labor Relations Board.

In a petition asking for group help, PWU wrote: “We’re overworked, understaffed, and underpaid. Barista’s raises are lower than a tenth of inflation, there are pay discrepancies that don’t align with seniority, talent, or any sort of logic, and now we have been compelled to close down a number of instances prior to now month attributable to understaffing. We’ve had no viable recourse for eradicating poisonous managers apart from ready for the issue to resolve itself.”

“In the meantime, our managers have been utilizing union-busting techniques like Starbucks to divide and confuse us,” organizers continued. “They’ve referred to as in company higher-ups to have conversations about unionizing with workers, they’ve reinstated punitive scheduling and gown code measures, and posted deceptive informational fliers in break rooms.”

“We’re combating for truthful wages, first rate schedules, and company transparency, however two shops in opposition to a multimillion-dollar company is a lonely battle,” they added. “Peet’s has at all times taken delight in its loyal clients and loving group, and we’d like that now greater than ever.”

In a press release issued after employees voted overwhelmingly in favor of union illustration, the corporate said that “whereas we had hoped for an additional final result, we respect the suitable of our Davis workers to decide on.”

“As we observe the legally required subsequent steps with the union at North Davis, we are going to proceed to work for and with our workers companywide. That’s the Peet’s method,” the corporate added.

According to PWU, Peet’s executives went out of their method within the lead-up to the illustration vote to dissuade employees from becoming a member of SEIU, together with by holding anti-union captive viewers conferences.

The company “paid a retailer supervisor from Chicago to fly to Davis to provide his ‘unbiased’ opinion on unions,” organizers said. “The president of the corporate got here in and primarily begged individuals to provide him one other likelihood and to place all our religion in him.”

The second Davis location that had additionally filed to carry a unionization vote withdrew its request final week. In accordance with PWU, that occurred as a result of “company gave your entire workers… a $500 bonus for pulling their petition and for ‘giving Peet’s an opportunity.’”

Since December 2021, employees at greater than 270 Starbucks areas throughout the US have voted to unionize. Organizers have received greater than 80% of their campaigns regardless of the company’s unlawful intimidation and retaliation techniques.

Keeling of SBWU stated Saturday that he’s “so glad to have extra espresso outlets unionizing.”

“The long run seems to be shiny,” Keeling declared. “The brand new wave of unionization will save the world.”