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Coffee Tree Roasters Workers in Pennsylvania Ratify First Union Contract

September 29, 2022

On Sept. 16, over 50 members of UFCW Local 1776KS who work at five Coffee Tree Roasters shops in Pittsburgh ratified a first union contract that increases wages and improves benefits. These workers joined our union family in February.

The three-year contract includes wage increases and parity. The contract also includes seniority rights, guaranteed hours and scheduling changes, a grievance procedure, an overtime provision, a trainer premium, and a 401(k) savings plan.

“These workers fought for this important win. They were heavily involved in the bargaining process, identifying key elements of a contract that they felt they deserved,” said UFCW Local 1776KS President Wendell Young IV. “Bargaining Committee members Jordy Vargas and Olivia Sieff especially deserve a shout out for their commitment throughout this entire process.”

“Not only is this a huge win for us with the increase in wages and electronic tips, but I know many of us will feel much more comfortable at work knowing that we have protections in place,” said Vargas. “I’m so proud of the work we did and hope that we continue to see more union campaigns in the service industry. We want everyone to know it’s possible to unionize your workplace.”

“Not only is this a huge win for these workers, but it is also a groundbreaking day for all workers in the retail and service sector,” Young added. “This is our local’s first coffee shop win, but it will not be our last. We look forward to building on this vote.”

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