Now, after weeks in obscurity, Spyhouse workers are on strike all day on Saturday.
“We don’t feel safe as workers in this pandemic. Instead of taking every step possible to protect us, the company is spending time and resources to break up the union,” said barist Matt Marchinienc. “It’s unacceptable and that’s why we’re on strike.”
Workers will spend the day picketing outside all Spyhouse locations, ending with a rally at 1:00 p.m. on 945 Broadway St. NO. location in Minneapolis. Johnson, who has decided to allow a PR company to deal with issues related to his workforce in the unions, recently hired lawyers to help understand the unions’ efforts, workers say.
“Spy workers have been fighting for months for COVID security measures not only for themselves but also for their customers; safety is the number one priority for workers, ”said Shay Friberg, organizer of Unite Here Local 1
Spyhouse, Lawless, Stilheart, Tattersall, Fair State and Surly – all organized by Unite Here Local 17, the Minneapolis-based hospitality union, which represents about 6,000 workers – are local examples of a small but growing boost for union workers. . Property reactions have varied: Fair State bosses welcomed their organized workers, while Surly cut more than 100 of them (Surly claims the relocation is not union-related; the union disagrees).