ANN ARBOR, MI – Several workers at a local Ann Arbor coffee shop are protesting what they call unfair labor practices after finding out they may lose their jobs.
Employees of Mighty Good Coffee, who unionized after a black barista complained of unequal pay rates last year, gathered with protest signs Tuesday outside the cafe chain’s Main Street and South University locations.
Alec Hershman, 33, has worked at the Main Street location for three years and said he was working to negotiate a new contract with the shop through the The Washtenaw Area Coffee Workers Association union for six months. He said there has not been progress.
“We just found out yesterday our employers are laying us off,” Hershman said. “Unfortunately, staffing was growing tighter and tighter and they reduced the number of people who would cover a shift. We’ve all been exhausted and overworked.”