Maine Coffee Shop Pioneers with Historic Union Agreement

Maine Coffee Shop Pioneers with Historic Union Agreement

Coffee By Design, an independently owned coffee shop in Portland, Maine, has become the first in the state to sign a collective bargaining agreement with its baristas. This groundbreaking move was facilitated by Local 327 of the Laborers International Union of North America, marking a significant advancement in labor rights for the industry. The agreement, which took six months of negotiations, includes a wage increase and the establishment of a labor-management committee. The contract is set for one year, providing a foundation for future long-term negotiations. The local union, which represents nearly 400 workers in various sectors, played a crucial role in this achievement. This development could inspire similar actions in other coffee shops and industries, reflecting a growing trend towards unionization in traditionally non-unionized sectors.

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