Pittsburgh Coffee Chain Closes Shortly After Workers Announce Union

Pittsburgh coffee chain Adda Coffee & Tea House is closing all of its stores following a demand for recognition of its union. The chain, which has four locations, announced on Facebook that it will close all stores effective immediately due to a loss since the beginning, exacerbated by the pandemic. The chain has been reevaluating its business model to continue fulfilling its mission, but monetary reserves are depleted. The closure comes after baristas and brewers announced their unionization with the help of UFCW Local 1776. The workers demanded living wages, consistent scheduling, comprehensive workplace policies, and a tip structure that empowered them to foster a stellar customer experience. After the announcement to close, the workers shared a message to employees thanking them and offering references, acknowledging the business had been operating at a loss and stating that despite cost-cutting measures, the plans to close were still in place. The business could not be turned around without significant additional money. Adda had four locations in Garfield, Shadyside, North Side, and the Cultural District.

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