Gimme! Coffee baristas officially vote to be unionized
ITHACA, N.Y. — Seventeen Gimme! Coffee baristas voted today, concluding at 9 p.m., by a vote of 16 to 1 in a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) election in favor of organizing a union to negotiate a contract in their workplaces.
The election was for non-managerial baristas at the W. State/MLK Street location; the N. Cayuga Streetlocation; the Gates Hall location at Cornell U.; and theTrumansburg location. They are now members of Workers United Local 2833.
The next step in the unionizing process is for the Baristas to elect a Bargaining Committee and then establish communications with the Management of Gimme! Coffee to begin contract negotiations. They’ll create agreements on how such negotiations will proceed as both sides work through what they would like to accomplish through their new contract.
Samantha Mason, a barista at the Cayuga Street Gimme! Coffee location and a member of the Workers United Organizing Committee says: “Worker’s power is real. This union is a crucial step in moving forward with improving the lives and workplaces of hospitality workers in Tompkins County. Our next step at Gimme! is negotiating a contract. The struggle continues”.