Intelligentsia Coffee

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Employees at the Chicago locations of Intelligentsia Coffee have taken the first step towards unionizing, adding to a wave of organized labor efforts in the coffee retail industry.

In a press release shared with DCN by IBEW Local 1220, the union group said the Intelligentsia bargaining unit would include employees from all five of Intelligentsia’s Chicago coffee bars, plus from its West Loop roastery and warehouse.

“We are very proud of the workers at Intelligentsia Coffee,” Local 1220 Business Manager John Rizzo said in the press statement. “They have taken a bold and necessary step toward ensuring that every employee has fair treatment and dignity in their work. Further, they have indicated the necessity for both safety in the workplace and fair wages in order to make a modest living without having to work for multiple employers.”

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