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New Mexico Baristas ‘Go Union’ - Vote To Join UFCW Local 1564

Published Sunday, August 2, 2020
by UFCW News
New Mexico Baristas ‘Go Union’ - Vote To Join UFCW Local 1564

(ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO) - In spite of a national health crisis and strong employer resistance, Baristas from two CoffeeMongers Stores in Albuquerque have voted to join United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1564 for better wages they have earned and deserve, the Union announced.

A dozen Baristas at CoffeeMongers met with Local 1564 Staff via text and e-mail to discuss Membership benefits, goals and how the process works.

The Workers, who specialize in latte art that requires extensive training, skill and imagination, joined the UFCW because they were concerned about wages and that they were earning less than entry level Employees at major coffee chains.

The Workers also had to deal with the NLRB shutdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak, which delayed the election by nearly three months.

Despite these setbacks, the Baristas stayed strong and unified - and voted in favor of joining UFCW Local 1564 by an overwhelming margin through a Mail Ballot Election.

The votes were counted by the NLRB via FaceTime.

One of the Baristas, Mahalia Lind Diamond - who was the Committee Leader throughout the CoffeeMongers Campaign, said: “With ‘all odds against us, we proved the power of solidarity and unity.’  ‘Now, we must use this strength to gain what we’ve worked so hard to obtain in our economic life.’  ‘Together, as one.’”

UFCW Local 1564 President Greg Frazier said: “Organizing a new group of Workers ‘always contains surprises and last minute obstacles,’ but this one also included the NLRB ‘refusing to hold an election two days before the election due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  After ‘nearly three months of delays and stall tactics by both the NLRB and the employer, these Workers ‘showed strength and determination by fighting off management during a health crisis.’ We are ‘humbled to help them obtain a good contract and reward them for their faith in their Union.”

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