Salt City Coffee Employees Rally to Become Syracuse’s First Local Unionized Coffee Company

Salt City Coffee workers may become Syracuse’s first local unionized coffee company. Workers from all four cafes, production, and the roastery held a rally to announce their union organizing campaign. Local officials, including City Auditor Alex Marion and Onondaga County Legislator Mo Brown, attended the event to support the workers. Syracuse Labor Council President Mark Spadafore emphasized the importance of Salt City Coffee as a leader in labor relations. Lead organizer Connor Castor, who was fired last week in retaliation for organizing the unionization efforts, expressed his desire for job security and a say in the company. Under the banner name of Salt City Coffee United, employees are asking Salt City Coffee ownership to meet them at the bargaining table to negotiate paid time off and benefits, as well as to reinstate Castor. The unionization effort encourages Salt City Coffee ownership to attend and participate in the narrative to recognize the workers in a respectful way.

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