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March 22, 2023

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Maryland Allies Amplify Struggle of Starbucks Workers at ‘Sip-In’
Posted On: Jan 27, 2023
Jan. 26, 2023 | WORKERS' RIGHTS | Among the 20 or so people who attended the Starbucks “Sip-In for a Contract” in Belair on January 20, 2023, was Ed Crizer. He’s a just-elected Baltimore County Democratic Central Committee member in District 6, the old shipbuilding neighborhood of Baltimore City/County. He says that Baltimore County used to be a union-dense area; even bartenders were unionized and thus had a steady income. Now that the service industry is dominant, too many people believe that younger people are doing these jobs and don’t need the benefits. “But if these jobs are just for students, why isn’t McDonald's closed during school hours?” … The Bel Air Starbucks voted to unionize months ago, and yet there has not been a sit-down meeting with management... When asked what allies can do to support the union between sip-ins, the answer from the workers was clear: “Show up (to Starbucks locations), tip, and say, ‘Union Strong.’” Peoples World
Teamsters Local 355
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