By Kristin Toussaint

Source: Fast Company

Barista Casey Moore’s work helping to unionize Starbucks began when she picked up a shift at a Buffalo-area store that wasn’t where she usually worked. While there, another Starbucks worker on the same shift asked to talk to her about something after work. A few employees in Buffalo were talking about organizing a union, and Moore’s coworker wanted to know what she thought.

Initially, Moore wasn’t sure. She’s always had a positive view of unions, she says (her dad is in the teacher’s union), but she never thought about them at her own workplace. “It honestly never really occurred to me that that’s something we could do, or that we had the right to do,” she says. Her coworker told her there would be a meeting with other baristas starting this effort, for people interested in joining the organizing committee or who had any questions, and so she went.

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