Why Uptown New Orleans Coffee Shop And Striking Baristas Are Facing Off Over Re-Opening

From: nola.com

A Garden District coffee shop is being picketed by a group of fired baristas and worker advocates over pay and working conditions, a labor dispute that reflects growing tensions between New Orleans employees and business owners amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Charlotte Wilcox, one of the five baristas fired from Still Perkin’ this week, said that the coffee shop’s owners asked them to return to work on May 16.  But she and five of the coffee shop’s other nine employees refused to come back until the owners agreed to a list of demands that included paying $15 an hour in hazard pay, compared to their usual pay of between $8.25 and $8.50 an hour, as well as instituting paid family and medical leave.

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