Baristas of Local Coffee Chain End Strike, Reach Contract Agreement

Sunergos Coffee baristas have won their first contract agreement after a seven-day strike, ending a seven-day strike. The agreement includes a raise in starting pay to $10 hourly, removal of wage caps, and “just cause” protection. It also includes additional paid days off for sick time, bereavement, and new child leave. Union baristas will review the tentative settlement and vote on the agreement on December 5. The agreement follows a monthlong negotiation process, which began with Sunergos employees forming a union with 32BJ SEIU. The agreement comes as coffee industry workers across the country push for higher standards, with employees from Sunergos, other regional chains, and over 370 Starbucks stores organizing a movement to form unions and gain greater say over wages, benefits, and employment policies.

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