Baristas of the world unite!
Union activists are keeping a close eye on a drive to organize workers at some Halifax coffee bars, The Canadian Press reports.
"We're seeing a real phenomenon in Halifax of coffee shop workers coming together and organizing," Tony Tracy, Atlantic representative for the Canadian Labour Congress, told CP. "In terms of the coffee shop industry, Halifax has been a bit of an anomaly."
The restaurant and food services sector traditionally has been one of the hardest to unionize. Many eateries are small businesses with a history of low wages, where tipping is considered part of an employees' overall income.
According to CP, staff at Just Us!, a local fair-trade coffee chain in Halifax, successfully joined Local 2 of the Service Employees International Union. That was followed by word that employees at two Second Cup outlets in the city had voted to join the union, though CP said the results have not been released.
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