Caribou Coffee Workers Protest Company’s Coronavirus Response


When COVID-19 came to Minnesota, Claire Umolac-Bunker waited to hear what her employer, Caribou Coffee, was going to do about it.

While they waited on instructions from corporate headquarters, they did what they could to stay safe. But they quickly ran out of sanitizers, hand soap, towels, and disinfectant sprays. Asking for more, she says, was out of the question.

“My boss had to go out and buy disinfectant,” she says. “At one point, it got so bad we were ripping up our own aprons to wipe down the counters…. Not every store got as bad as that, but ours did.”

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